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OWEYEGHA-AFUNADUULA: The Politics Of Homosexuality In Uganda

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By Oweyegha-Afunaduula

There is no doubt that homosexuality is an issue that assumes numerous dimensions: cultural, ecological, ethical, moral, spiritual, cultural, academic, intellectual, social, economic, political, diplomatic and even environmental.

In much of Africa, homosexuality is an environmental pollution issue in ecological, ethical, moral, spiritual, cultural, academic, intellectual, social, economic and political dimensions.

As the countries in the Euro-American axis push the homosexual agenda in human rights terms, the issue of homosexuality is not only disrupting relations between the West and Africa, but is exposing foreign aid as a fuss. Clearly aid is being used as a tool to push the homosexual agenda in Africa; not in the Middle East, Russia, China and the rest of the Asian countries.

Therefore, if there is any part of the world that will experience the violence of homosexuality in terms of sociality, environmentality, ethics, morality, spirituality, ecology, culture, academics, intellectualism and politics, it is Africa. Unfortunately, this issue, which was a non-issue in Africa until recently, has become a political issue as well.

While I could write, and have in fact written, about the issue from many dimensions, I want in this article to write on The Politics of Homosexuality in Uganda. Politics is where decisions are made that affect nations.

Right now in Uganda decisions have to be made at the highest level about homosexuality simultaneously with other issues such as poverty, corruption, taxation, trade, quality of education, quality of health, quality of agriculture and allocation of funds to these sectors of the economy.

Uganda is a highly religious country with strong cultural bonds, and therefore, most, if not all, the 56 indigenous groups of the country are averse to homosexuality. They are internally anti-homosexuality. However, politically the governors and leaders of the country at the highest level are divided over how to respond to the onslaught of homosexuality, which has taken our institutions by storm and is, therefore, targeting the youthful segment of the population of the country.

We can with confidence say that homosexuality has matured as a highly political matter and could as well become an elective issue in a few years’ time. The deep sea of poverty is fueling the spread of the vice in the country.

Unfortunately, the issue of homosexuality is afloat when public intellectualism is at its lowest ebb, and when there is a deep sea of fear among the few active public intellectuals and public officials.

Few have the guts or courage to pronounce their positions on it. Many fear that if they pronounce themselves on the issue, they will be denied visas to go to Western countries. Others who have been receiving funds from the West to finance their efforts, fear the money taps will run dry..

Therefore, public discussion on the matter is diffuse and not so open. However, last month the Parliament of Uganda stood as one, to legislate a law against homosexuality in the wake of homosexualisation of the country in general our youth in particular.

The lively often emotional debate in Parliament culminated in the now famous Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023. This was publicly received by all the indigenous groups of Uganda as a most desirable tool to stem the vise. The Bill once passed was sent to the President, Tibuhaburwa Museveni, to sign it into law.

The President himself had before the Bill shown his disgust for and despise of homosexuality. He continued to do this after the Bill was passed, and even called upon all African countries to reject the homosexual wave sweeping the country. He had earlier signed another Homosexuality Bill 2014 into law, but

this was challenged in the Courts of Law by crusaders for Homosexuality as an affront against the human rights of the minority. Human rights themselves have become political issues and weapons, which are used to dissuade governments from taking certain actions again citizens or some citizens.

The argument is that homosexuals and lesbians, a minority, have their own human rights, which they should enjoy to the full. In the true spirit of globalization, homosexuality and lesbianism have been politically pushed as human rights, yet they had been in the past cast as human wrongs.

The politics of homosexuality is now so intricate in its penetration of the internal politics of Uganda and other African countries that sovereignty in political decision-making is no longer taken for granted. Forces promoting homosexuality are so politically and financially powerful that it takes a truly fearless and determined political leadership to stick to the national interests rather than bend to please those forces.

These forces include all the Western countries that have legalized and legitimized same sex relationships and even okayed same sex marriages, international human rights organizations, national non-governmental human rights Organisation, some academic institutions, journalists, et cetera.

In Uganda, the political connotations of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill are now expressing themselves in the ping pong stance of President Museveni. He first wanted a debate on whether Homosexuality was by nature or nurture.

Unfortunately, there was no strong and free public intellectual polity to respond to the President’s thought. Debates in Universities, schools and nationally had d been quashed. Then today, 20th April 2023 he is convening the NRM Caucus of Parliament to discuss aspects of the Bill, if not the whole Bill, as if the Caucus is higher than the Parliament.

Logically, the Caucus would be of much value to parliamentary processes if it met before or during the hatching of the Bill to infeed ideas of the NRM Party into the legislative process leading to the Bill.

There is now great fear in the country that the power of homosexuals and Lesbians worldwide has converged onto the President to disorient him and make him hesitate to sign or not to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023 into law.

The threat of denying Uganda foreign aid is being used as a scarecrow to weaken political decision-making at the highest level of governance so that the powers that be are subordinate to the global Homosexual Movement.

One school of thought is that the Euro-American axis of global power, which allegedly put President Tibuhaburwa Museveni in power is using its vantage relationship to the President is using its advantageous influence on him to ensure he does not sign the Bill into law. However, the President has in the past shown that he can free himself from the past and make his own independent decisions.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, as I indicated above, is of broad public interest. Ugandans know a law can be a paper tiger if not implemented. However, a law, if implemented, can be better as tool of regulating behavior than if this task is left to the people to handle.

A people without constraint and restraint can be dangerous. The collective psychology of a people towards what threatens them can change very fast. It requires political action to ensure that the right collective psychology obtains.

The question is: With or without law how will the indigenous communities of Uganda collectively respond to the emerging issues of homosexuality and lesbianism?

So far these issues largely belong to very educated people in our institutions of higher learning and to urban areas. They have not penetrated rural areas in any significant way, although they are concentrated in some schools, particularly those privately owned and funded from outside the country. Political action is needed to mobilize the whole population against the vises of homosexuality and lesbianism.

As I wrote severally elsewhere, these vises are not only anti-God but they are averse to self-perpetuation of the human species, particularly the family institution.  The promoters are targeting children and youth who are collectively the agency of reproduction and perpetuation of family genes well in the future.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023 if passed into law would definitely be a blueprint for safeguarding children today and tomorrow, and ensuring that lineages and genealogies do not die out.

and Lesbianism are genocidal. Genes in humans who practice, or are forced to practice, homosexuality and lesbianism are terminated. As I wrote elsewhere, they are like the genes of terminal seeds that cannot be grown twice.

For God and My Country.

The Writer Is a Ugandan Scientist And Environmentalist

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