Wednesday, October 13, 2010

MPs should take a stand on gays

AS the term of the 8th Parliament comes to an end, I would like to
raise an issue that Parliament did not handle well. I was surprised by
the utterances of some MPs who were quoted as saying “the
anti-homosexuality Bill is not a priority to Uganda”.

A few weeks ago, we had a meeting with a diplomat from Eritrea. He
told us that when their lawmakers enacted a law against homosexuality
with the highest penalty being a death sentence, the human rights
fellows from the West confronted their president.

But the president was firm. He told them that they can keep
homosexuality to themselves and Eritrea will only allow what it needs.
Our lawmakers need to emulate Eritrea.

George Oduch

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