Mbabazi speaks against discrimination of gays


Mbabazi and NBS TV journalists, Dalton Kaweesa (m) and Simon Kaggwa (extreme right)

Amama Mbabazi has said he is against the discrimination of homosexuals in Uganda.

Amama was Friday morning appearing on NBS TV Morning Breeze when he was asked whether he supports gay rights.

Amama made it clear that he is opposed to a particular section of the law that exhibited homophobia by calling for the killing of gay people.

“I am opposed to homophobia,” he stated but hastily added: “but believe that marriage is between a man and a woman”.

He made it clear that homosexuality has been ongoing even in our own cultures and therefore “not something new”.

“…and I have stated very clearly that there shouldn’t be any discrimination,” he reiterated emphasising that “it (homosexuality) is not the biggest threat right now in the country.”

Gay rights activists are already up and about praising Amama for “backing gay rights”.

Edwin Sesange, a LGBTI Ugandan rights activist, commended Mbabazi for ‘bravely standing up against homophobia’.

“This is the first time in Ugandan history for an aspiring presidential candidate to speak publicly against homophobia,” he said to Gay Star News.

Sesange called upon other presidential candidates to be inspired by him.

Back in 2013, Mbabazi cautioned the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, not pass the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law without quorum.

Kadaga ingored the warning and on December 20, 2013 passed the Bill into law.

President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law on February 24, 2014.

According to the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014, a person who purports to contract a marriage with another person of the same sex, commits the offence of homosexuality and shall be liable, on conviction, to imprisonment for life.

Museveni was to later make a U-turn on the bill citing foreign pressure and economic implications.

Mbabazi speaks on police harassment

Still on the question of rights, Mbabazi castigated police for violating the law by harassing and arresting him unnecessarily.

“I will go back to Mbale no matter how many times the Police arrests me,” he said referring to the last time he was stopped and arrested while heading to Mbale to launch his consultative meeting.

“The Uganda Police is acting against the Public order management bill.‪”

He added: “People think that the police is acting in protection of the Public Order Management Law but it is instead violating it.”

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