December 24th, 2009
Box Turtle Bulletin has learned through exclusive video provided by a BTB reader that the Secretary General of Uganda’s main opposition party has announced that the party would oppose the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill that is now before Parliament.
In an announcement carried by Uganda’s independent Record TV, Secretary General Chris Opoka of the Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) denounced the bill as discriminatory, saying “the state has no business with what people do in their bedrooms.”:
What two consenting adults do, the state has no business… absolutely! It is discriminatory. Me, I don’t understand this idea of “African values.” Was Muwanga not a homosexual, the Kabaka 1? Eh? Was he not a homosexual? No! Let’s stop this nonsense! It is natural! Many children, many young boys in school, as they are growing to adults, have this tendency of attraction.
This is very significant. Prior to this announcement, it had been widely assumed that the bill would pass Parliament with a near-unanimous vote. Any opposition to this bill had been seen as political suicide.
The following video is a cell-phone recording of the late night news program Record News, broadcast on Record TV on December 23, 2009.
Transcript of the Record News Broadcast.
…of parliament, yet leaving out more important bills to be discussed like the land bill, among others. The remarks were made by the party’s Secretary General, Chris Opoka, while addressing journalists at UPC headquarters in Kampala, as Simon/Samuel(?) Mwesigwa reports:
Opoka says that the proposed death penalty towards the offenders undermines individual rights to make decisions, regardless of culture, norms and religious beliefs in the country. As such he has called upon government to revise the provisions of the bill, and leave the issues of culture to the cultural leaders in Uganda.
“…people, with life imprisonment, even to face death, so… the homosexual who molests a young child… is worse than a heterosexual who molests a young child, is that so? So this, the punishment for similar offenses for pedophiles at least is discriminatory. But secondly, this I said before, the state has no business with what people do in their bedrooms. What two consenting adults do, the state has no business… absolutely! It is discriminatory. Me, I don’t understand this idea of “African values”, …was Muwanga not a homosexual, the Kabaka 1? Eh? Was he not a homosexual? No! Let’s stop this nonsense! It is natural! Many children, many young boys in school, as they are growing to adults, have this tendency of attraction…”
The Anti-Homosexual (sic) Bill drafted by David Bahati, also a member of Parliament for Ndorwa County West, was recently presented to Parliament and is still under discussion for approval. Reporting for Record News, I’m Henry Mwesigwa and Justin Nakitende(?) in Kampala.
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