By Nangayi Guyson
Despite international criticism and threats by donation nations to cut Aid to Uganda over the Gay’s bill, the country’s Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga says the” Bill” will become law by December this year as a Christmas gift to Ugandans.
The speaker said that many Ugandans want that law as a Christmas gift. They have asked for it and we’ll give them that gift.” The speaker said .
The law when passed will divide homosexuality into two categories, aggravated homosexuality and the offense of homosexuality.
“Aggravated homosexuality” is defined as gay acts committed by parents or authority figures, HIV-positive people, pedophiles and repeat offenders and if convicted; they will face the death penalty.
For “Offense of homosexuality’” which includes same-sex sexual acts or being in a gay relationship, if convicted, will be sentenced to life imprisonment.
Several European countries have threatened to cut aid to Uganda if it passes the bill which was first introduced in parliament in 2009 by David Bahati, a Ugandan Legislator, but this has not hindered Country to go on with passing of the “Gay Bill.”
Homosexuality is considered as a taboo in Uganda and in many other African Countries. Ugandan Church leaders too believe Homosexuality is a sin before God and that since Sodom and Gomorrah were completely consumed by fire and brimstone because of that curse of Homosexuality, a country like Uganda with its motto For God and My Country, cannot support the acts of Homosexuality.
In late 2010, Uganda’s local newspaper The Rolling Stone published the photographs of several people it said were gay, with the Headline “Hang them”. And many of them claimed they were attacked and some were killed.
It will take not less than 50 years from now for a country like Uganda to recognize Homosexuality and the Gays still have a long way to be granted their Gay rights.