Thursday, March 3, 2011

The day as it was...

I probably should not be posting.

Should be heading to my room to rest. Sleep. Relax. Has been a long day, cooped up in the house for a meeting that would not end. And, outside was beautiful weather. Now that I am out, I am taking the chance to be on the net, which, of course I was missing...... these addictions of ours!

But, there are somethings to take care of. For example, David Kato's confessed murderer was arraigned before court. And, quite amusing to me, Ugandans are on the main not happy about the complaints that gay Ugandans have about them. Like here.
I watched in horror when a programme was aired on BBC3 naming Uganda as the worst place on earth to be gay.
I realised then how African countries are being publicised for all the wrong reasons. It amazed me how the gay community in Uganda is blaming everybody for their misfortunes while alleging that some of them live in the Bwaise slum because it is the safest place for them as a result of homophobia!
It is not right to say that most people living in the slums are gay. The programme also portrayed gays as being economically marginalised. I believe they are just down right lazy; they should get off their backs and go look for work like other Ugandans. Why should they be special?
Nope. We are not special. And, when a respected member of parliament dares to introduce a genocidal bill in the parliament of the republic seeking to kill me or have me put in prison for life, I kind of see little funny in your cries of injured pride. Maybe you will feel worse when you are the one under threat?

Others complain that too much attention is given to us, rather than the other problems of the country. Check this one out. The writer is Ethiopian anyway.

Questionable interest has been shown by the western media which many regard taking the story overboard and accusing the Ugandan society of hate crime. Some speculate their interest does not end at a human right activism only, but rather seen as an opportunity to ‘impose’ the western way of life.

Another theory for the west to have a special interest on the story is that it is considered as an instigator of conflict in the country and the region as a whole.  Hence, it was just easier to blame the whole thing on a hate crime. The western media rather report that an Ugandan gay activist was brutally killed but will not comment on a leader who have stayed in power for more than 20 years and supported by Western Governments. 
LOL, as kuchus, we can never win. Even when we apparently do.

But, at least there is better news from Mozambique. 
An LGBT association in Mozambique has welcomed clarification of the law by the country’s justice minister at the UN, but has expressed concern that the constitution and penal code are still ambiguous on gay rights.
The Republic of Mozambique has strong equality credentials compared with some African neighbours, but campaigners are pursuing absolute clarification of its stance on homosexuality.
LAMBDA, an organisation which is not currently recognised by the state, welcomed a statement by Benvinda Levi at the UN in which she said that homosexuality was not illegal in Mozambique.
But they expressed concern over Article 71 of the Penal Code, which orders “security measures” against those who habitually commit “vices against nature”.
“Security measures”, defined in the Code, include hard labour, internment in an asylum, and debarment from professional activities.
The term “vices against nature”, which was a 1954 inclusion, is not defined, and the campaign group is concerned that without explicit protection of homosexuality, a court could rely on this clause. 
 Now. For my room... or bed. To ceasar what is ceasars.


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