A letter to Rebecca Kadaga – from a supportive gay Ugandan 20

Madam Speaker, the right Honorable Rebecca Kadaga, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kamuli District Women’s Constituency since 1989.

You are on a roll!

Over the last three weeks you have managed to hog the media spotlight almost exclusively, relegating Uganda’s president to a parenthesis. That makes you something of a wonder woman. It takes chutzpah to push Uganda’s president to the inside pages and you must be congratulated for stepping up in such a bold way.

First of all, Madam Speaker, welcome back from Canada.

You were absolutely right to stand up to John Baird when he upbraided you in public about the murder of David Kato. That case had

On a roll: Uganda’s Rebecca Kadaga

nothing to do with you and you were never part of the court case that eventually convicted Kato’s lover for that heinous crime. So, you did what you had to do for yourself and, indeed, for Uganda’s pride. John Baird would never speak to the Saudis or Kuwaitis in that manner – yet those countries have far more glaring gay and women’s rights abuses than Uganda.

But as with everything, Madam Speaker, please remember that hubris is a terrible vice in politics. By hubris, I mean an excess of pride, ambition or self-confidence. More often than not, it leads politicians to overreach.

Take your current involvement with failed politicians like James Nsaba-Buturo and convicted felons like Martin Ssempa and Michael Kyazze. While you have every right to listen to whoever wishes you to lend them an audience, as the Speaker of the House you represent the entire Parliament as well as the country. You thus cannot be seen to be siding with any one constituency even when their cause might further your own political ambitions. Speakers of the House have to be seen to be non-partisan, non-aligned, neutral. But of course you know this already.

Madam Speaker, this gay man wants you to encourage Uganda’s Parliament to debate and pass the bill. My reasons for this are detailed here. In short, this bill has hung over our heads like a cloud for three years now and it is time to resolve the issues surrounding it once and for all. If you support the bill because you feel it is against our culture, so be it.

But the facts don’t bear you out.

You are too smart not to be aware that Buganda’s Kabaka Mwanga was homosexual without any urging from colonialists. Uganda’s own president, the leader of your National Resistance Movement party agrees, and has admitted it publicly, that homosexuality has always been part of the African and Ugandan fabric. In fact, if you re-read

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your anthropology, you will find that homosexuality was tolerated before the white man came to Africa with his Bible – that foremost foreign import that our detractors love to subjectively, but liberally, quote from. I gather that you have no children of your own but it can’t be lost on you that all gay men and women in Uganda (500,000 and counting according to unofficial estimates) must have been begotten through heterosexual unions.

I thus disagree with your interpretation of the historical facts but feel that the bill should nonetheless go ahead since Uganda has a parliamentary system of making laws and the Bahati [Nazi] Bill which seeks to turn mothers, doctors, counselors into informers has already been tabled before the House.

homo bible 8393622_nMadam Speaker, allow me to take you back to Shakespeare and caution you against “vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself, and falls on the other side.” Given what you must surely know befell Macbeth and his over-ambitious wife, a little more circumspection, forethought, moderation before you speak might not come amiss.

Remember, too, the fable of Icarus who flew too close to the sun. Or that of Dionysius, the tyrant of Syracuse and his courtier named Damocles. You might be on a roll now, but there are all sorts of threats behind the glory you are seeking. A week is a very long time in politics but there are three more years to go to Uganda’s next presidential election – literally a lifetime.

Madam Speaker:

Hang on to your political ambitions. I would, however, presume to remind you that, as Speaker, you represent the entire country, including minorities – not just disgraced politicians, bigoted Parliamentarians or convicted religious prelates.

Madam Speaker:

Whether this bill is passed or not, you still have my support in your obvious quest to become the next president of Uganda – that is if I am not jailed and/or killed before 2016 by the legislation that you are so busy tying your colors to in which case my support will be moot.

From a gay Ugandan, living in Uganda, that you seek to criminalize purely on account of who he is, but who nonetheless supports your presidential ambitions because he is totally fed up to the back teeth of this uncaring, bungling, corruption-ridden, thieving, tired, rusted, putrid dish of a government.

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  17. All women in Uganda who are over 40 , not married, no children should be questioned why there not following cultural beliefs of being motheres and procreate . Kadaga will probably be part of it . Is she normal not to have sex or feel like a woman to have a kid of her woman or a man to call husband to be a complete woman ? I doubt if she is ot a curious woman with all fantasies of being a lesbian but time has run out on her . She is not pretty anymore at 50 and she decided to burst her and take it on others to be executed . shame on her . we all know Bahati has no love because he lost his parents from children and he wanted to take it on to lovely guys who have exercised there freedom to be whom they want to be and it ended up being a nazi bill bahati. Now we know why Kadaga is trying to leave legacy. no man and no kids and she can leave a nazi kadaga bill . she already passed the life expectancy of uganda’s age and what do you expect anytime . diabetes, high blood pressure and frequent doctors visit for her old age with no biological kid but claiming to execute all gays . what side is she on . gay, hetero or bicurious woman . History will tell .

    • Am an open minded person and after reading extensively the comments on this controversial issue,yours seemed to catch my attention because of the lack of respect exposed.personally you seem to have a lot of anger and are so bitter but using such insults against Rebecca just wont work.sort that out

  18. She seems to be an incomplete angry woman taking it on others . no kid, no husband at age 50. isn’t she a human being like any other woman to have desires of being a mother or house wife . Our culture doesn’t allow that either having women with no families .She should be the first to be executed according to cultural norms . There is no deference between gays and kadaga . That is completely a lifestyle of a gay man or lesbian woman and kadaga is contradicting herself . I will pray for you kadaga for sure and your legacy( Kadaga Parentless Nazi Bill ) you are leaving behind for our kids will always be remembered instead of your sons and grand children . Love Moses

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