Thursday August 7 2014

Is Uganda still sovereign after the ruling on anti-gays law?

By Julius Zaake

Having gone viral faster than news of other tribulations in Uganda, the court nullification of the anti-gays law once again put Uganda in the spotlight. On her Facebook post, a Dutch friend said the news from Uganda was positive after a week of terrible news (perhaps she meant the crisis in Gaza, Palestine).

I reminded her that in Uganda we don’t celebrate court rulings quickly because of the ‘notorious’ counter-rulings and injunctions. I also told her, whereas Uganda is ‘widely’ castigated about the anti-homosexuality Act, it is also true that Ugandans are yet to approve homosexuality. This took me back to the notion of sovereignty which was emphasised, and I think exercised, towards the President’s endorsement of the law. For the claim or rightful entitlement to sovereignty, hundreds of innocent people have been killed in Palestine whenever a handful of innocent Israelis are killed. In the same regard, Bashar Hafezd al-Assad is still the President of Syria despite international pressure over human causalities from the war to oust him. Now the thousand questions: Does the court ruling mean the end of Uganda’s claim to sovereignty?

Is it the law itself or the perceptions of Ugandans that make my gay friends insecure? Will Parliament be too busy for a recall to pass the law with enough quorum? Is the anti-Homosexual legislation and recent court ruling the litmus measure of Uganda’s democracy and rule of law?
Will the frozen foreign aid resume tomorrow even when majority of Ugandans are apparently saddened? I am interested in this debate (intellectually).