The Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament Hon Rebecca Kadaga early this week called upon the legislators to table a new Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The comments were made during a plenary meeting where the members present were discussing the recent distribution of Bombastic Magazine that saw Parliament receive 80 copies of the annual publication.
We will continue to publish this magazine because it is one way to reach out to the masses and policy makers. We are open to dialogue- instead of rubbishing this information that they could benefit from, our Parliamentarians should invite us to sit down and have beneficial conversations,” Kasha said of Parliament’s decision to recall Bombastic Magazine.
Moses Kimbugwe the Programs Director at Spectrum Initiative Uganda, said the meeting was very positive and it is one of many that will help bridge the gap between health service delivery and key populations. He explained that the Ministry of Health has shown willingness in working with the HIV/AIDS Parliamentary Committee to have a budget line specifically targeting key populations as well as fighting stigma towards HIV and KPs in the wider population.
To highlight Dr Mugisha’s point, the ruling further states that ‘Anyone reading this memorandum should make no mistake. The question before the court is not whether Defendant’s actions in aiding and abetting efforts to demonize, intimidate, and injure LGBTI people in Uganda constitute violations of international law. They do.
“The younger generations are very homophobic in Uganda. Much is the fault of the schools, where they give talks of more than five hours talking about the evils of homosexuality washing the brain. In addition, Uganda is a very religious country and church preachers speak with much hatred towards us. But we have decided to speak for ourselves, to say that we are here and that we exist, and to end fear and prejudice. “
The hearing of the case of Frank Mugisha and 2 others Vs URSB,(SMUG Case) was yesterday postponed to Thursday 8th June 2017 at 9:00am after Justice Patricia Basaza Wasswa failed to turn up in court. The court issued the new date and explained that the postponement was due to the magistrate’s unavailability.
The team which participated in the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics last year is very hopeful to bag big wins from the Out Games. The community back home is buzzing with excitement as this rather very young team continues to break barriers and create visibility for Uganda’ s kuchu community as well draw attention to the un-nurtured and unmoulded talents therein.