Anti-gays activists have mobilised Ugandans to join in a peaceful match that will culminate into a thanksgiving celebration to extol God for government assenting to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law.
The “United Against Homosexuality” activists said yesterday the activities are intended to show solidarity with the stakeholders who worked towards the enactment of the law.
They singled out the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, who presided over Parliament that passed the law and President Museveni who signed the Bill into Law during a televised ceremony on Monday.
Former Ethics and Integrity Minister, Dr James Nsaba Buturo said the celebration slated for March 4 this year at Kololo is to prove that the country’s long historical struggle against institutionalised homosexuality has succeeded.
“We have been saddened as we watched helplessly precious lives and the health of our children and youth being violated and damaged with impunity by the perpetrators of homosexuality,” said Dr Buturo flanked by Pastors Martin Ssempa and Dr Joseph Sserwadda.
Dr Sserwadda described President Museveni’s act as a brave and clear show of the value he attaches to the wishes and aspirations of Ugandans.
However, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, Mr Livingstone Sewanyana said: “Our belief is that no law provides a lasting solution to the problem. Our message to Ugandans is that under no circumstance should they accept any act, law or policy that would subordinate their rights to dignity, respect, freedom and privacy.”
In Lira authorities said they would start implementing the law immediately. Mr Andrew Ogwang Oyang, the district Vice Chairman, says they have started identifying those who would go against the law so that they could be punished. “Whoever now comes to fight President Museveni over what he has just concluded- should be interpreted as someone who has come to fight Ugandans,” Mr Ogwang said.
In Karamoja sub-region, the community thanked President Museveni for signing the Homosexuality Bill describing him as a leader who respects the tradition and cultures of the people of Uganda.
John Lopus an elder and cattle keeper in Loputuk village in Moroto district advised president Museveni to always stand firm to defend Uganda against ugly practices. “We shall always be behind president Museveni whenever he rejects any ugly culture trying to enter Uganda,” he said.