7 responses

  1. anteros
    January 3, 2011

    what a great way to start the year!

  2. Priya Lynn
    January 3, 2011

    Hmmm, I’d have thought the Ugandan courts would be puppets to the Ugandan dictatorship.

  3. Erin
    January 3, 2011

    I don’t know what the law is over there as far as slander and libel, but homosexuality is unfortunately against the law and a very dangerous accusation to make. We all know this is a witch hunt. I know we can’t change people’s views right away as far as sexuality goes, but their government should at least put their foot down on the whole slander thing.

  4. BlackDog
    January 3, 2011

    Eh, I think even the dictatorship realized that these “outing campaigns” could get out of hand and lead to religiously motivated vigilantism if not checked. These guys want to have an inquisition, and really want the power for themselves, I think. How long before key figures in the military or the regime got “outed” and an attempt to topple the regime ensued? There isn’t much of a pension plan in the dictator business.

    I wonder if anyone they “outed” so far was actually gay? Something tells me the “Rolling Pebble” (As GayUganda has called it on his blog) was more of a weapon against the political enemies of its funders than anything else. When it really comes down to it, I don’t think this thing has as much to do with gays as it does with power, pure and simple. Like somebody said about red-baiting a while back, if a simple accusation can hurt somebody then anybody with a few enemies or a vengeful mentality is going to be accusing.

  5. BlackDog
    January 3, 2011

    Erin, a lot of Uganda’s law (including the laws against homosexuality) is based on…or a holdover from…British colonial laws.

    So I’d think libel and slander would carry significant penalties.

  6. Soren456
    January 3, 2011

    @BlackDog,

    Basically, my thoughts too.

    There’s no reason to believe that these people are actually gay. It’s simply the most awful, powerful accusation you can make against someone there, for the moment.

    And I’m guessing that it works, just as red-baiting did here. No proof needed; just point your finger.

  7. anteros
    January 5, 2011

    it’s happened to one of uganda’s presidential candidates, olara otunnu… he’s had to deal with a nagging public fascination over his single status… speaking out against bahati’s bill didn’t help him much. nobody needs to ask him if he’s gay, the damage is already done. similar to the fate suffered by another candidate, kizza besigye, in a previous election… museveni cleverly got the electorate thinking that besigye was ‘sick’ and that his ‘sickness’ would ruin his ability to run the country.

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