America’s anti-gay “sanctions” have arrived – Uganda deal with it! Reply

The United States of America has announced punitive measures in response to the signing of the Nazi anti-gay law by Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, February 24 2014.

Among the sanctions to be imposed are visa bans on those deemed responsible for human rights violations in Uganda, relocation of a health conference to South Africa, redirection of development funds from the government to non-governmental organizations and so on and so forth.

From a purely symbolic point of view, the steps America has taken are highly significant. It is America’s money to do as she pleases, but to come out and declare that a foreign government’s law is so heinous as to call for a public slap on the wrist is extremely embarrassing – for Uganda.

Ugandan officials will, of course, try to put a brave face on it, pretend that it doesn’t matter what America does. They will wax lyrical about Uganda turning to Russia or China, and how they must keep their culture and religious beliefs. It will be the usual piffle that ignores the fact that all Uganda’s major religions are foreign, and that, as Yoweri Museveni has repeatedly informed the people he leads, Ugandan tribes actually tolerated homosexuality before Biblical lore was imposed on them. But Uganda’s government has nonetheless been stung by the public dressing down from the United States which is part of the point of the sanctions. If they didn’t care, they wouldn’t have lashed out in the manner that their spokesman, Ofwono Opondo did as soon as the punishment was announced.

Gaddafi intervened heavily in the NRA war that removed Obote from power

Libya’s Gaddafi intervened heavily in the NRA war that removed Obote from power

The United States is bluntly telling Uganda that it is a basket case which is free to reject American money if it wishes. As long as Uganda accepts US tax dollars, he who pays the piper will call the tune.  It’s not lost on anyone with a modicum of intelligence that Uganda’s administration is merely about hanging on for grim death and that its leader will sign anything, say anything, do anything however contradictory to stay at the helm of his party and, by extension, country. That’s why he signed the Nazi anti-gay bill that he had consistently spoken out against and had blocked from even being debated for three years. It was purely to stave off insurrection from his own ruling National Resistance Movement.

The French Revolution brought about permanent change to France

The French Revolution brought about permanent change to France

Revolutions tend to be permanent when they are fomented from within. For some examples, think of the French Revolution – a bloody series of events in 1789 that ousted the monarchy and gave rise to the French Republic. Then there is the American revolution that ousted British colonialism. Closer to home, there is the Mau Mau rebellion, a completely local internecine struggle that toppled British rule in Kenya.

On the other side of the coin, the Falklands Islands are still a property of Britain, thanks to a lot of help from Ronald Reagan to Margaret Thatcher in 1982. She asked for and got American logistical support to win that war. Uganda’s Idi Amin would have lasted longer than 1979 had it not been for a lot of help from Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere and his Chama Cha Mapinduzi fighters. Indeed, we now also know that Museveni’s 1981-85 bush war which eventually got rid of Milton Obote was funded heavily by Gadhafi’s Libya.

So, contrary to what those who are ignorant about history might have you believe, there is a rich track record of revolutions that have been won, thanks to outside interference in other countries’ affairs, usually by invitation.

Nyerere (RIP) knew all too well about Uganda's begging ways

Nyerere (RIP) knew all too well about Uganda’s begging ways

Yours truly is of the view that the gay struggle in Uganda is one such struggle that must ask for and receive outside help. Here is a put-upon minority which would mind its own business if it were not for a pernicious, malicious cabal of religious and political leaders who are hellbent on using the lives of their fellow citizens to enrich themselves, if not to further their careers. They are cynically and blatantly feeding a poorly educated, ignorant, pliable populace with garbage and outrageous lies. Based on these lies, laws have been enacted to subjugate and even imprison for life citizens who have done nothing wrong other than be who they are.

The sanctions the United States has imposed  have been requested by the gay representatives living in Uganda. They are thus neither an imposition nor needless interference in Uganda’s politics as Ofwono Opondo is pretending; the gay community has asked for them and a sympathetic foreign government has, as Nyerere’s did in the 1970s, come to their aid.

It is thus right that Museveni’s government should be clipped around the ear like a recalcitrant child because, of course, Museveni’s government is nothing if not childish – relying on foreign handouts and then turning around and petulantly claiming that it doesn’t need America’s money even as it secretly lobbies for it not to be cut off.

Well, Uganda: America has laid down the gauntlet. If you don’t want American taxpayers dollars, fine. Reject the money or, better still, return, too, what has been given. As long as America’s policy is to help the downtrodden in countries which receive more money from America than they give, Barack Obama can decide to help the Ugandan gay community in any way they ask.

Over to you Mr. Yoweri Museveni. America under Barack Obama will not tolerate a banana republic, whose leadership relies on American money to stay in power, treating its gay citizens like vermin because American aid money is contributed by all Americans, including gay men and women.

You cannot thus have your cake and eat it, too; accepting money contributed by gay Americans among others, and then turning around and signing laws intended to maltreat your own gay people. Reject the aid. Even better, return what you have been given if you’re so righteous. Then go begging to your newly found friends in Russia and China who have such a wonderful track record of not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.

America has exercised its choices. Feel free to do the same, too.

Long John beats me to Lupita!! Tsss!

25th Annual GLAAD awards Long John and Lupita

25th Annual GLAAD awards Long John and Lupita

While I slept, in the dark because Uganda can still not keep the power on long enough for one to say electricity, Ugandan gay activist John Wambere (popularly called Long Jones/John in Uganda but don’t ask me why – wink, wink – feel free to let your imagination wander) was busy rubbing shoulders with Lupita Nyong’o. It would be totally annoying if one wasn’t too busy gnashing one’s teeth in craven jealousy.

How dare he beat me to standing next to her? Tss. Under the circumstances, I don’t know what he won – it doesn’t really matter. I am just miffed that it wasn’t yours truly standing next to the mighty Lupita! How dare Long John? The upstart!!

That said, the green-eyed-monster aside, Long John is looking good isn’t he? He nearly upstaged Lupita. Perhaps he did but I am not one to give credit where it is due so I shall not admit it.

On a tangential but pertinent note, you can send this message to every homophobic Ugandan you know; Lupita is a supporter of gay rights.

Did you hear that? Lupita supports gay rights.

Now, let all those African homophobes go away and un-watch her Oscar-winning performance.

If they can.

But back to more relevant considerations.

That should have been me with Lupita, Long Jones, it should have been me!!!

Tsssss!

Check out the rest of the 2014 GLAAD award winners, plus what they won for, here.

It should have been me with Lupita, Long Jones!!

Tssss!

Ugandan Lesbian “evicted” because of new anti-gay law 7

This is one President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is going to be very proud of.

Thanks to His Excellency’s signature on a page, a land lord has balked and given a lesbian who has been an exemplary tenant notice to quit his house because of what he calls “the way you behave with your friends.”

The verbatim eviction notice (translation below)

The verbatim eviction notice (translation below)

The landlord’s note (translated by yours truly) as has been sent to me:

3 March 2014

Ms. XXX XXX (names withheld):

You have been a wonderful woman as well as a tenant who hasn’t given me any trouble over rent whatsoever. But due to what is going on in the country [regarding the anti-gay law] and your way you and your friends behave, I am sorry but I think you are a depraved person who I can no longer tolerate in my house. I also cannot fight against the government. For that reason, I want you out of my house by March 30, 2014, peacefully.

Your landlord,

XXXXX (name withheld)

One cannot of course totally vouch for the authenticity of the notice, but if,  as seems to be the case at this point, this eviction notice is real, readers must thus make what they will of this rather grim development.

Long live Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Long live the wise president of Uganda! May you live to rule over Uganda for another 28 years.

Patrobas Mufubenga fired from Global Fund for bigoted views 5

Yours truly is usually not one to gloat about the misfortunes of others but he is going to allow himself a moment to chuckle about this one.

Dr. Patrobas Mufubenga, the Ugandan delegate to the Global Fund has been dismissed due to his views on the anti-gay bill.

Likely not smiling now: Mufubenga

Likely not smiling now: Dr. Mufubenga

It would appear that Mufubenga was accepted by The Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Board of The Global Fund (quite a mouthful but never mind) on the understanding that he agreed with that organization’s inclusive policy towards everyone. Then he forgot himself and shot his mouth off, supporting the Nazi anti-gay bill Yoweri Museveni signed February 24.

Now he is out of a job – and fittingly so if you ask me. If he wants to be a bigot, he should find an agency that shares his views.

“every society is free to choose the path it takes and the consequences there in. Sodom and Gomorrah chose homosexuality and perished by the raining brimstone, while the Abraham generation that chose the ways of God was preserved. “What Uganda is trying to do is to curb the spread of the device (sic), while rehabilitating the victims, preserving family and humanity (procreation)”. [The e-mail that Dr. Mufubenga will regret at leisure for having written while employed with the Global Fund]

Rather apt, wouldn’t you say? In keeping with his doctrine, Dr. Mufubenga chose the path he took and he has paid the consequences therein.

Dr. Mufubenga’s views do not reflect the  values and ethos of the Delegation or the Global Fund. We reject and denounce his sentiments without reservation. Going forward, and to prevent similar cases as these, the leadership team met in Thailand and began discussions around reviewing the application and interview processes for membership to the delegation. [Global Fund]

Enough on this already.

Next!!

The homo terror lists are back! 5

Those with a long memory will remember the “Homo Terror” lists of some years ago which appeared in a couple of Ugandan tabloids, causing consternation all over the world.

Well, the lists are back, but this time in the hands of a few, very determined, anti-gay campaigners who have co-opted the police to hunt down the gays in Uganda.

As is in The Mikado, Hon.Simon Lokodo has  a list!!

As is in Nazi Germany, Hon.Simon Lokodo has a list!!

Minister of Ethics, Honorable Simon Lokodo, is carrying around a list (the convicted felon Martin Ssempa, too, apparently has one that he is working with) of what he calls filthy gays that must be brought down. On Hon. Lokodo’s list are corporate persons,  business people, public entertainment figures, foreign residents, alleged LGBTI-supportive organizations in Uganda, as well as ordinary blue-collar citizens who wake up every morning and go to earn a living without making a single political or social wave.

Minister Lokodo is using the Kira Road and Ntinda police to secretly “investigate” them all to confirm where they live, what work they do etc., with a view to conducting blanket arrests, naming and shaming indiscriminately.

Minister Lokodo is making no secret of his intent to find and destroy the gays wherever they are. If he has to do it outside of the confines of legal proceedings, so be it – he will make up the law as he goes along. It won’t be the first time after all.

Word reaching yours truly is that arbitrary arrests are being planned whether President Yoweri Museveni signs the anti-gay bill or not. The arrests will be done stealthily and then publicity will be shone on them once the victims are apprehended.

Currently, the ‘investigators’ are operating around the Ntinda/Bukoto area, (Kampala suburbs) where they are casing out residences and drinking joints. They are being assisted by Kira Road Police in their furtive “inquiries.” You might recall that Kira Road was the police precinct where, a few days ago, Stephen Dhont and his Kenyan friend where carted to have both of them examined for evidence of homo-sodomy without their lawyers present, and without any arrest warrant. Turned in by a disgruntled former employee of Dhont’s, they had been arrested while watching “Sex and the City,” a movie the police dubbed “gay porn.”

Even as the anti-gay bill is being ping-ponged around Uganda’s corridors of power, President Museveni’s own cabinet minister is already at work on his own personal crusade, in connivance with a pliable police.

It seems safe to say that Museveni’s minister of Ethics and Integrity has already started executing his own, independent, response to his boss’ caustic rejection of the bill Parliament passed in late December 2013.

Fasten your seat belts, folks. It’s going to be a bumpy 2014.

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NTV Uganda wins Rottie for January 2014

If you didn’t know what the Golden Raspberry Awards are about here is Wikipedia’s helpful guide:

“The Golden Raspberry Awards, called the Razzies for short, is an award ceremony in recognition of the worst in film …”

NTV Uganda wins Rottie for worst journalism award, week 4 2014

NTV Uganda wins Rottie for worst journalism in week 4 of 2014

Yours truly has borrowed from Razzie and is now coining “Rottie,’ an award he will award to organizations that embarrass themselves with poor quality service delivery. On the showing of this past week,  I would like to award a ‘Rottie'(Rotten Tomato) to NTV Uganda for lazy, sleazy, naive journalism for their [non]reporting during the fourth week of 2014.

Normally, one wouldn’t bother with calling out the Ugandan press for churning out juvenile, gutter-slime, uncorroborated, badly edited, albeit emotive stories for public consumption. But NTV Uganda (NTVU) seemed to have a grown-up and professional editing team and one thus expected a slightly higher degree of journalistic integrity from them.

Yours truly had kept on giving them a pass until this past week when they trawled out the story of Steven Dhont, Belgian national who was accosted by police in the middle of the night and taken to be examined for anal homo-sodomy on account of … according to NTVU having been caught in flagrante delicto, engaging in homosexual acts.

NTVUaThere were a number of problems with NTVU’s entire reporting. The police appeared at Dhont’s door after being taken there by a disgruntled former employee who had tried repeatedly to extort Dhont – in vain. The former houseboy reported having been abused at Dhont’s house in order to convince the police to take him seriously. When the police arrived, at 12am in the night, Dhont and his Kenyan guest were watching a movie, Sex and the City and NOT having sex as NTVU  reported.

The police badged in, arrested the two, confiscated their movie and tried to do anal homo-sodomy tests on them at the local police precinct – all without a single legal warrant. Yet the police claimed that they had trailed Dhont for three months which beggars the question why they barged into his house in the middle of the night without a warrant when they’d had three months to get one.

All that totally escaped NTVU whose reporter instead trawled out the trite “homosexuality is gaining ground in Uganda” canard, without any attempt to check out the veracity or plausibility of the police officers’ claims.

Tsssss! Enough on this puerile, amateurish, reporting already.

And the Rottie for poor reporting January 2014 goes to … drum roll ….

NTV Uganda!

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Ugandan police arrest two men for watching “gay porn”

Ugandan Police arrest two men for watching “gay porn” 12

You can’t make this up!

Reports reaching yours truly, via Spectrum Uganda indicate that a day or so ago Steven Dhont, a Belgian national and a male Kenyan friend were arrested in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb, at 12am in their home for watching “gay porn.” The police then confiscated the “gay porn” they had been watching – the movie Sex and the City.

Ugandan police deem Sex and the City to be "gay porn"

Ugandan police brand Sex and the City as “gay porn”

The two men apparently heard a knock at their door at 12am Sunday 27th January 2014 as they were watching the movie. Both were dressed in boxer shorts and wife-beaters (vests). When Dhont responded to the knock at the door, he was accosted by armed police, who insisted on arresting both men, despite producing no arrest warrant, and taking them to the police station without giving them an opportunity to dress up. The movie was also confiscated – also without a legal warrant.

The two men were then carted off to Ntinda Police Station, had their statements recorded and then they were transferred to Kira Road Police Station where the police ordered anal tests to be done on them for signs of homo-sodomy. Steven Dhont refused to be subjected to an anal examination without his lawyer present.

Today 28th January, the duo was paraded before the media, but it is still not clear what charges have been leveled against them.

So, there you have it. Police in Uganda can decide that the movie you are watching in the privacy of your home is pornographic, arrest you and then order anal tests to be done on your belonging.

Oh Uganda may God uphold thee/We lay our future in thy hands/United free/For liberty/Together we’ll always stand!

Uganda’s Man of 2013 is … 2

Bebe Cool!!!

I cannot support the anti-gay bill: Bebe Cool

I cannot support the anti-gay bill: Bebe Cool

Real name Moses Ssali, Bebe Cool easily carried the prize for Uganda’s (Africa’s?) man of 2013 for one simple reason:

When he didn’t have to, Ssali put it all on the line and showed that he is willing to say what he believes in even if it might cost him some fans.

How so? As far as yours truly can tell, this is the first public entertainment figure with such a massive following in Uganda who has come out and spoken out against the foolhardiness of Uganda’s elected Parliamentarians where homosexuality is concerned. The only one.

Likely most commented-upon post of 2013: Bebe Cool supports gay rights

Likely most commented-upon post of 2013: Bebe Cool’s support of gay rights in Uganda

His Facebook post gathered more than 7,000 responses, the most that I have ever seen on any subject of a Ugandan interest on Facebook. It also collected more than 1500 likes, suggesting that, contrary to what his detractors thought of his views, Bebe Cool wasn’t exactly whistling in the dark; a lot of people in Uganda agree with him.

Yours truly is acquainted with one or two other big musical names such as Joseph Mayanja (stage name Jose Chameleon), Juliana Kanyomozi and Maurice Kirya. He has also hang out with Bebe Cool on a number of occasions and has found him to be the more rounded of all Uganda’s young musicians of his era.

Chameleon is absolutely fiery and fantastic on stage but socially inept, even awkward, off of it. Juliana’s pipes mesmerize when she is on stage but she comes across as a tad self-absorbed and narcissistic when there are no stage lights anywhere nearby, likely due to the work she has to put in to be a diva. I obviously like (no, not sexually please) and admire Maurice Kirya very much but, while yours truly is slowing down, Maurice is still living life in a mode where he has to run very fast just to stay still so I accept that we will not be in the same ‘time zone’ for more than a couple of seconds even when we are sitting at the same table and there is no one else around. But he, too, is interesting, thoughtful and extremely likeable out of the limelight.

"I dint say am supportive of gaysm but neither do we have a right to condemn them"

“I dint say am supportive of gaysm (sic) but neither do we have a right to condemn them”

In a domestic setting some years ago, Bebe Cool and I sat in a group of about 20 people who freely expressed their varying thoughts on homosexuality, many of them ambivalent even if veering towards tolerance. Bebe Cool showed even then that he was a man light years ahead of his Ugandan following by expressing the same thoughts he came out with on Christmas Eve 2013.

Some of the trite, insipid, empty-mind responses to Bebe Cool's post

Some of the trite, tasteless, empty-minded responses to Bebe Cool’s post

So his pronouncement on Facebook is not an attempt to jump on the pro-gay bandwagon or trying to stir controversy for personal gain; Bebe Cool really has no patience for the silliness, foolishness, lack of education, and ignorance that most Ugandans display on this subject. In my conversation with him, he came up with a Luganda proverb, nomutto akubira omukulu engoma nazina (a youth can have something to teach an adult) that, to me, summed up this very interesting man.

Despite the ugliness he sometimes gets involved in with dead-of-night brawls, and needlessly clashing with fellow musicians over nothing, Bebe Cool is a thoughtful and intelligent man who has made use of his schooling, socialization and education. Sadly, it is precisely in those three areas that Uganda is still badly failing its young people who, far too often, leave formal schooling when they can barely read or write two paragraphs, can only extend themselves to trite inanities, are, totally incapable of thinking for themselves, and will thus be led like goats to anywhere by the next rabble-rouser who comes along.

In his own words: Bebe Cool (paraphrased)

In his own words: Bebe Cool (paraphrased)

Bebe Cool has also shown that he has a level of personal  integrity and courage that Uganda’s writhing, spineless, cowardly, sadistic, masochistic Parliamentarians would do well to look up to. Here is an artist who has a lot to teach these dimwits who are passing themselves off as custodians of Uganda’s moral and religious values when, all the time, they are just showing their political cowardice and lack of moral gumption to address the real problems affecting the ordinary man and woman in the country.

If only they had the open-mindedness to listen as well as the willingness to see what’s in front of their faces.

But this was supposed to be about Uganda’s Man of the Year 2013 who stood up for gay rights in Uganda when he would have lost nothing by keeping his thoughts to himself.

Hear him, Bebe Cool, Man of the Year 2013, hear, hear.

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Uganda has a gay bar … sort of 4

Martin Ssempa is not going to like this.

The Mill in SE DC; its pundits

The Bachelors’ Mill in SE DC; its punters

There is a gay bar in Kampala. Well, it’s not quite a gay bar in the sense the Bachelors’ Mill in Washington, DC is a gay bar. But it is about the best option available and, boy, is it being put to good use!

When you visit the bar, you are struck by how young the boys and girls are. Five years ago, I thought I knew every gay boy and girl in Kampala and I estimated at the time that there were at least 500 “kuchus” around.

On the two occasions I have visited the gay-themed night (sorry, I am not going to name the bar or its location as I am not sure I am ready to hear that Martin Ssempa is picketing it) I have seen yet more fresh, new, young faces. The average age seems to hover around 23. To be in your 30s as, ahem, yours truly is, is to be very, very old in the midst of this very “happening” crowd.

But that is perfectly okay because it is much-needed testimony that the next generation of same-gender-loving men and women Ugandan has arrived and they are living it up, thank you very much.

Martin Ssempa; not even tears will stop the gay march

Martin Ssempa; not even tears will stop the onward gay march

Poor Martin Ssempa (I am going to make sure I send this to him) will likely choke on his breakfast when he learns that his efforts to stop people being who they are, and loving  as they please, are clearly not working.  Ugandan gays are coming out of the woodwork like American cicadas even though they are not as shrill. To cite a popular cliché.: they are here, and they are queer.

Uganda’s Parliament of course still has pending the Bahati Anti Homosexuality Bill that would turn parents, counselors and doctors into informers (just like in Nazi Germany) as well as execute or jail gay citizens for merely being who they are.

As I left the gay bar, in walked a young man who looked suspiciously like the nephew of a vociferous anti-gay personality I know.

Oops!

A lot of the pontificating politicians and pastors agitating for the Bahati Nazi bill are going to have egg on their faces when they receive phone calls from a prurient press asking them if they will go rescue their children, jailed in gay ignominy at the Central Police Station.

Honorable members and venerable pastors – just remember you’ve been warned.

Hitler’s Final Solution being implemented in Africa 1

In the general theme of things, Nigeria’s “Jail the Gays” bill is a side issue and Bisi Alimi, a Nigerian activist living in London, gets it.

Bisi Alimi gets it!

Bisi Alimi gets it.

In this [excerpted] money quote is what he gets:

In 2006, in collaboration with other gay (and men-who-have-sex-with-men, or MSM) groups in Nigeria and University of Lagos and University of Toronto, we did a study to ascertain the level of HIV epidemic among this population. The result was put at 13%. … By 2011, this data had increased to more than 20% of the gay population living with HIV in the country. … There is little or limited HIV care and support for MSM living with the virus. And in places where these services are available, the increased stigma and discrimination has led to many not accessing the services.  … The bill also made it clear if you know someone is gay and do not report them, you stand to be prosecuted under the law that criminalized ‘aiding and abetting’. … It’s like Nazi Germany …. As history has shown, mothers and fathers were expected to report their children to the police for prosecution or risk being sent to jail.

Nigeria’s Parliamentarians, like those of Uganda (a similar bill is lying comatose in Uganda’s Parliament and has thus far been stopped from being debated by the self-preservation instincts of the president), are essentially instigating  the Final Solution on their gay citizens using disease and underpinning it with legislation. In Nigeria alone, they are targeting 3.4 million of their citizens that they are plotting to exterminate like vermin.

And, as Alimi has so eloquently illustrated, don’t let these elected officials fool you into believing it that they are out to protect marriage. That is a bare-faced lie even if you ignore their own serial philandering, often with school-going girls, the rampant spousal battery across the length  and breadth of Africa by straight men that they overlook, their governments’ own [ignored] statistics that show sexual molestation of girls by men is a far more pernicious evil, and the violent death of women and children at the hands of their husbands and fathers respectively.

Yes, good people. Nazi Germany is alive and well in the hearts and souls of Nigeria’s and Uganda’s parliamentarians, as it is in the shriveled veins of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and the empty mind of Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh.

Adolf Hitler couldn’t be more proud of his legacy.