The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Masaka, Tororo Leaders Welcome Anti-Gay Bill, Reject Homosexuality

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Activists protesting against Uganda's anti-gay bill (file photo).

Masaka district leaders have commended Parliament for passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Speaking at the burial of the late Jorem Mukasa Kamulegeya at Kigo village in Kalungu at the weekend, the district chairperson, Emmanuel Musoke, commended Parliament's gift to Ugandans.

"We are happy with the Christmas gift that Parliament gave to Ugandans when it passed the anti-homosexuality bill. We are however, looking forward to seeing the house convince President Museveni to sign the bill in the shortest time possible," Musoke said, at the function attended by Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi.

Musoke, flanked by his Masaka counterpart Joseph Kalungi, was concerned that several youths were being lured into homosexuality as an opportunity to get jobs and fight poverty.

"It is the image of our nation that we shall be protecting and therefore, we also appeal to the president to listen to the cries of the majority," Musoke added.

The late Kamulegeya was a relative to the vice-president, and Ssekandi carefully avoided commenting on the bill when he spoke. Musoke also requested the government to increase the budget for road works in rural areas.

"Our roads had improved but today things are becoming worse. The road units we received are very weak ... and in fact they have already started collapsing," Musoke said.

In Tororo, the leader of the Tieng Adhola cultural institution urged parents to protect their children from habits like homosexuality. Kwara Adhola Moses Stephen Owor said while children should enjoy their legitimate rights, the overemphasis on children's rights was alien.

And one of the rights that parents should reject, he said, is the right to practise homosexuality. His comments were greeted with a thunderous applause at Chawolo village in Mulanda sub-country. Owor spoke there during a customary marriage ceremony for Hilda Sarah Olweny and Patrick Ocakara.

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