By Nangayi Guyson
Kampala, Uganda – Gays in Uganda have started throwing in parties to celebrate the overturning of Uganda’s Anti-gay law with many hoping that soon they will be walking on the streets of Kampala freely.
The constitutional court in Uganda overturned anti-homosexuality law last week saying it was passed by parliament without the necessary number of legislators, prompting LGBT Community in Uganda to start early celebrations.
Voice of America (VOA) reported about a gay pride party that was held on the shores of Lake Victoria in Entebbe attended by more than 200 gays.
The Celebrations comes days after a group of pro-gay activists sued Uganda’s Attorney General (AG) last month challenging the passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law for lack of quorum.
About five judges who were on the panel agreed with the petitioners and considered the law ‘Null and void’ but this has caused an outcry with Ugandans accusing western Countries for having an upper hand in the anti-gay law nullification.
Though parliament accepted that it passed the bill without the exact quorum, many Uganda Ugandans think it was not because of lack of necessary number of legislators but the Country’s economy had started struggling after donor nations Cut foreign aid in protest of the Ant-gay and overturning the bill was to win back the donors to easy pressure the Country was facing economically.
Museveni backs down
Members of Parliament have made new efforts to bring back the bill on table, so far a good number of signatures needed to bring back the bill has exceeded the limit , more than 200 Members have signed but the Country’s presidents has warned the (MPs) to go slowly about the law, calling it “a snake in the pot”. Museveni to describe the law in that way meant that the anti-gay law is a very sensitive matter handled by the big donors and that MPs should be aware of how bad this law can affect the country economically. Mr. Museveni described the pressure he was on while attending the US-Africa Summit in Washington D.C to Members of his party at state House.
Foreign aid starts coming in.
Just days after the country overturned the Anti-gay law passed early this year, The World Bank this week released a loan of US$150 to Uganda to boost its infrastructure.
The World Bank this year postponed a $90m (£54m) loan meant for health services to Uganda over its tough anti-gay law saying they wanted to guarantee the projects the loan was destined to support were not going to be adversely affected by the law.
Uganda which depends on donors for about 20 percent of its budget was hit severely by foreign Aid cuts after it passed the bill. European countries announced the withdrawal of millions of dollars in direct support to Uganda’s government, and the World Bank announced it was delaying a loan to the country also. About $8 million from Norway and $8.64 million from Denmark were all withdrawn leaving Uganda under economic isolation.
Sensitivity around Homosexuality.
In Uganda, Homosexuals were looked at as insane people and no one at any time thought that gay issue would become big in the Country but the introduction of the bill to stop it completely instead marketed it to become popular internationally.
When talking to many officials, many are always shy and fearful to talk about the matter. The only thing they tell you is that it is a sensitive matter to discuss in public. It is hard to know how sensitive it is but what you can hear is that LGBT Community rules the economy of many countries but whoever funds LGBT is not yet known.
What about Ugandan majority who doesn’t support it?
“No one cares about the majority in Uganda, it is all about how is going to benefit in certain circumstances. Our government no long listen to us. Who are we to be listened to?
It is a pity that much as many Ugandans said “NO” to gays, now our government is starting to say “YES” to them. We should not even say the law was withdrawn because of lack of quorum. I have about three children in primary boarding schools and we hear is where promoters of Homosexuality target most,” A Businessman from town down said.
Though, the court in Uganda overturned anti-homosexuality law last week, stigma around LGBT Community in Uganda is still lives and it will take many years for Ugandans to associate with gays. So, it is too early for celebrations.