Thursday, January 21, 2010

Just two Stories

The first is, you guessed, about Ssempa.

I know, I am giving him publicity. I have made him a hero on this blog, havent I? The guy fascinates me. With his hatred of all things gay, his lies, and, of course other things.

First of all, I lied.
They will be three stories. Two about Ssempa, and the third about Malawi.

First about Ssempa, he lied here. Which I gleefully point out again. He is a liar, me pointing out his lies is one of my main strengths. Seems as if Bahati is pulling back on the lying bit. But Ssempa, he continues to lie. Here is his press release of a few days ago.
I am picking out these lines of a lie.
Fourthly, we condemn the many media houses which are deliberately obfuscating the facts on the anti homosexuality bill. They say that this bill gives the death sentence to some gays, but don’t mention what they would have done to earn the death sentence, which is specifically homosexual rape and defilement of children and handicapped who are aged 18 and below. We condemn those who put sodomy rights above the rights of children and handicapped. We ask what sentence if any, do these pro homosexual organizations suggest for those who rape and defile these two vulnerable populations? 
Hey, do you think that is true? Well, read the bill again. Here is the text.
And, this is what the particular section of the bill says. Aggravated homosexuality leads to the Death Penalty. And, the mention of the child sex is limited. Very. To the clause 1 (a)
(1) A person commits the offense of aggravated homosexuality where the
(a) person against whom the offence is committed is below the age of 18 years;
(b) offender is a person living with HIV;
(c) offender is a parent or guardian of the person against whom the offence is committed;
(d) offender is a person in authority over the person against whom the offence is committed;
(e) victim of the offence is a person with disability;
(f) offender is a serial offender, or
(g) offender applies, administers or causes to be used by any man or woman any drug, matter or thing with intent to stupefy overpower him or her so as to there by  enable any person to have unlawful carnal connection with any person of the same sex,
(2) A person who commits the offence of aggravated homosexuality shall be liable on conviction to suffer death.
(3) Where a person is charged with the offence under this section, that person shall undergo a medical examination to ascertain his or her HIV status.
 So, I, a gay Ugandan in my majority can get the death penalty if and when:-

  • When I have sex with a minor
  • When I have gay sex and I am HIV positive.
  • When my partner is disabled in any way. Doesnt matter if they have reached majority
  • When I am arrested a second time and convicted of homosexuality... as a 'serial offender'
Hey, you get the thing. For Mr Ssempa, these other instances seem to slip the mind. He lies. They dont. He lies. Ssempa lies, on and off, continuously. And, even when I point it out, or others, he continues to lie.

That is the first story...! Debunking Ssempa lies.

But, that is not all about Ssempa. Apparently, he is spearheading a boycott of US, UK and Canada. Because they are have reservation about the bill! The man is not really stupid. As an observation. It is just a measure of his charisma that people DO listen to his rants. They do. Here is the story. The motivation, I can only speculate. Of course it is an impossibility. Impossible. Except in his fevered mind. But, I am a gay pervert, how can I speak the truth?
Anti gays in Uganda have resolved to mobilize Ugandans to stop buying goods from United States and the other countries which are threatening to cut aid to Uganda due to the controversial anti gay bill.
The chairman of national task force against sodomy, pastor Martin Sempa said during a press interview in Kampala that it is unfortunate that countries like USA have openly come out to attack Uganda because of the bill and even threatened to remove it from from countries benefitting from AGOA.
Sempa said, "Most Ugandans do not support homosexuality. We are to launch a campaign against consumption of US, UK, and Canada products in Uganda if those countries continue to threaten our country because of the anti gay bill. We will make people stop buying Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola and other products from USA."
 Ugandan observers however claim that while the government might not tolerate Sempa’s declarations due to the high economic stakes, Sempa’s threats, if realised, could prove risky for Ugandans as it could put a high number of people out of work.
 Only a week ago, Uganda’s minister of state for investment, Aston Kajara, expressed regrets over how the proposed bill had already started affecting foreign investment into the country. "Ever since the anti-gay bill was tabled, there has been outcries not only here but from allover the world against it. This is likely to affect the flow of foreign investors into the country," he said.
 Pure theatre. Pure, unadultered theatre.

Last story is about what is happening in Malawi. My heart goes out to these guys.

The traditional engagement ceremony of two men on Dec. 26, 2009 has created a lot of controversy in conservative Malawi. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were arrested two days after their engagement and remain in police custody, facing long jail terms.
A traditional engagement in Malawi counts as a civil marriage and is recognised as such throughout the country. Chimbalanga and Monjeza are the first gay couple to declare their sexual orientation in this manner. The couple is facing charges of "gross indecency" and buggery for "having carnal knowledge against the order of nature", offences under Malawi's colonial-era penal code.

But Malawi government officials, including the solicitor general's office, have refused to respond to the condemnations or comment on the matter, saying that it will be sorted out by the courts.
The state has administered several medical tests on the couple to establish that they were having sexual intercourse as well as a mental examination to test if each is mentally stable. These tests have since been described as demeaning by the human rights organisations

And, this is the personal cost of anything like it. One of them is sick, so sick that he cant stand in court. And the other things. The degradation, the humiliation, in public, in private, the lack of support from home. All these things we risk, yet we cannot deny what we are.

Neither Chimbalanga and Monjeza seem to have been fully aware of the laws on homosexuality; Chimbalanga has been working as a domestic servant for the past five years, most recently employed as a waiter at a lodge; while Monjeza is a subsistence farmer.
They told local media after their arrest that they were motivated to come out in the open about their relationship by love. However, many people in the country are arguing that the two are being used by unspecified "rich people" as a test case on gay rights.
The trial has become something of a circus in Malawi. The public has not been kind to Chimbalanga and Monjeza, taunting the couple is at every court appearance.

Chimbalanga does not seem to be moved by the jeers as he walks around the court corridors in feminine clothes, usually a flowery blouse and a wrapper. Monjeza, by contrast, has seemed uncomfortable and reserved.
Neither man enjoys the support of his family. Monjeza's aunt, Zione, accuses her nephew of bringing "disrepute and shame" to his family by marrying a man.
"People no longer respect our family. They regard our family as irresponsible and disorganised. This is a big scandal. We are very embarrassed," she says.
Chimbalanga's uncle, a chief in the southern district of Thyolo, also says he is unhappy with his nephew's behaviour.
"Tiwonge was born a man but he has always shocked us with his feminine behaviour. He walks, talks and dresses like a woman. This has always been embarrassing to us and people have been accusing us of having bewitched him," says Village Headman Chimbalanga.
Chimbalanga was banished from his village seven years ago, according to his uncle: he would have been just 13 at the time.
Their families did not attend the engagement ceremony, held outdoors in the garden of the lodge where Chimbalanga works in Blantyre, Malawi's commercial capital. But hundreds of curious people turned up to witness the union.
"They wore traditional outfits made out of the same material and Chimbalanga was dressed as a woman. The ceremony was colourful but a power black-out messed up the music system; a thing that made Chimbalanga weep," Natasha Golosi, who attended the ceremony told IPS.

Indeed, a love that dares not speak its name. When it does, the consequences are dire.

Pray for those guys in Malawi. Pray.

And be good.



Jean-Paul, Canada said...

* Uganda Gay Rights * Uganda Gay Rights *

spiralx said...

Well, yes, but you may do a lot better at this stage by placing "gay rights" in the context of basic human rights.

That starts with the 1948 UN Declaration, and is modified (and codified) in many different ways.

Such as, the Commonwealth's 1991 "Harare Declaration". To which Uganda is a signatory.

Or Uganda's own Constitution.

All of which the Bah-Hate proposed Bill spits on, then tramples into the dirt, as far as I am concerned. Though I'm sure he sees it the other way round!

Jean-Paul, Canada said...


Jean-Paul Bentham

Anonymous said...

I have a working theory about the frenzy that has taken hold of Uganda...

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Sempa (who I knew in my youth who even then had the tendency to half truths), would support the cure of homosexuality by rape like they do in South Africa...

He reminds me of Rush Limbaugh. :-(

Jean-Paul, Canada said...

Jan. 23, 1974 - "On this date the first lobbying effort on part of an alliance of Quebec Gay groups, to include sexual orientation in a proposed provincial human rights charter, culminates in appearance before Justice Committee of Quebec's National Assembly.

It became the first appearance of Canadian Gay movement before legislative body."

Keep your eye on positive things that have happened in the international gay community. It will bring you encouragement and will highlight the injustices which are so blatant to the rest of world who do feel powerless, yet we reach our to you in hope.

The recent so-called "compromise" in the Cabinet is nothing short of a farce. Uganda has made a commitment to respect and to develop Human Rights.

I am not in a position to tell you what to do, gug, but you know very well how much I embrace you and all my gay brothers and sisters in Uganda.


Jean-Paul, Canada said...

I read your blog. Good man, and yes, my eyes are open. It's called golobalization, as if you didn't know.

I remember something quite similar happening in Bolivia where the construction of an electricity generating dam was built (by a foriegn company - I believe it was Canadian - while thouisands of natives were displaced as their traditional villages and cultures were destroyed. When the natives complained to the government, they were shot.

You have an excellent point, and you are responsible for alerting the communities along the Nile of the possible polution which very likely will result from oil exploitation in the region, e.g. where will the waste material go??



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