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Activists speak out on Anti Gay Bill

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Uganda made headlines in 2009 when it introduced the anti-homosexuality bill that included a death sentence for gay sex. The country’s lawmakers passed a bill in 2014, but they replaced the death penalty clause with a proposal of life in prison.

Local and International activists against a background of criminalization of homosexuality directly and indirectly challenged Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill which was later annulled in August of 2014 by the country’s constitutional court on a technicality. Despite the annulment, leaders and the general population in Uganda have continuously become more and more strident, the general population is becoming more homophobic. A lot of sensitization has been conducted by LGBTI rights groups on this very topic, however, it’s been noted that this has hardly created any difference as the society is becoming even more unaccepting of homosexuality.

The Ugandan government’s plan to reintroduce a bill that could impose the death penalty for homosexuality is being met with defiance from the LGBTQ community.

Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo said on Oct. 10 that government planned to re-introduce an anti-homosexuality bill in parliament. His statement was widely reported and international donors to Uganda said they were monitoring the situation closely and stood by the rights of LGBT+ people.

A spokesperson for President Yoweri Museveni later denied the plan, saying that Uganda’s current penal law – which provides for up to life imprisonment for gay sex – was sufficient.

There has been reports of worrying trends of arrests and attacks on the Ugandan LGBTQ community. According to LGBT group Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a young gay man, Brian Wasswa, was bludgeoned to death at his home in Jinja.

Justine Balya at the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) says her organization has recorded three cases of murder on LGBT community members in a space of two months.

“We are concerned about the current political environment and homophobic comments being made by government personnel,” said Balya, referencing Lokodo’s announcement, as well as Ugandan Minister for Security Gen. Elly Tumwine’s claim that LGBTI people are connected to “terrorism.”

Godfrey Kawalya a Ugandan- UK based gay rights activist and one of the activists that challenged the 2014 anti-homosexuality bill says, ” What is happening to the Ugandan LGBT community is alarming. We condemn the increasing homophobic attacks on the community and call upon the public to know that we have the right to be who we are, we are your children, we are your sisters, we are your brothers, don’t preach hate but preach love, our lives matter”.

A gay Rwandan refugee was brutally beaten outside Gay Refugee Care NGO office in Kampala, while on Oct. 13, two transgender women were beaten when they were leaving a nightclub, campaigners said, sharing pictures of the victims’ bloodied faces on social media.

In a statement, the United Nations refugee agency in Uganda confirmed there was an assault on a Rwandan refugee but said they did not have the full information as the victim was still recovering from his injuries in hospital.

In a brief statement posted on her official statement, Winnie Byanyima wife to Dr. Kizza Besigye stated that it is criminal and cowardly to violently assault refugees adding that gay Ugandans have equal rights like all other Ugandans and that assaulting them is cruel and inhuman. She called for authorities to intervene and make sure gay rights are observed.

“True there are people whom the community got concerned (about) and reported to the police that there were a group of people who are staying in a house and they looked suspicious,” said Patrick Onyango, Kampala police spokesperson.

“Police went to the house and they are trying to find out if they are involved in any criminality or illegal activities,” he said, adding that police have asked the public to be vigilant.

Uganda is seen as one of the most difficult countries in Africa to be in a sexual minority with members of the LGBT+ community facing physical violence and harassment to prejudice in getting jobs, renting housing or seeking medical care.

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Talent Africa to hold mother’s day online concert

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Talent Africa Group will not let mother’s day go un-celebrated even during this lockdown. TGA has set up an online concert to celebrate the day and because it’s mother’s day, TGA has lined up a hot line up of female entertainers for the night.

Lilian Mbabazi and her Sundowners band will headline the night event while several female influencers Zari Hassan, Flavia Tumusiime, Crystal Newman and Cindy Sanyu will be another highlight of the night.

Judith Heard, Dorah Mwima, Peace Menya, Daphne Idring, Rachel K, Eleanor Nabwiso, and Halima Namakula are the other influencial female figures that will feature.

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I rejected 15M from Centenary bank as a model, Yvonne Starr stirs Sheilah Gashumba’s Shs50k rant

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Saarbrucken based Ugandan singer, model and actress Yvonne Starr has added salt to an injury reviving the Sheila Gashumba undr payment debate that was a hot topic earlier this week. Yvonne who before singing was a model based in Tanzania also shared her experience where she disclosed how she once rejected a 15M Centenary bank deal to appear on billboads as a model because she was paid way more in Tanzania and Europe.

Sheila Gashumba earlier revealed how she used to earn just Shs50k per show while still presenting on The Style Project show on NTV Uganda. Yvonne Starr’s concern however is that not only do other countries pay better but also men are paid way more in Uganda to execute similar tasks. Yvonne Starr therefore believes that Gashumba’s point is a broad one that needs a serious debate.

“I think Sheilah Gashumba raised a topic that is affecting almost every Ugandan not only TV presenters, however it’s a broad topic that needs a serious debate. Another thing also to consider is equal pay for equal work.”

Yvonne is currently living in Saarbrucken, Germany and over a month ago, she prophesied that COVID-19 will be no more by 29th May 2020. We still await to see if her prophesy will turn out true.

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Don Anthony Mugabi aids ailing female bouncer

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Turkish based Ugandan money bag Don Anthony Mugabi has through out this covid -19 pandemic extended aid to suffering groups he identifies and yesterday was another day at work. The tycoon who is in Istanbul through his Ugandan team extended aid to a one Aisha Ssenkubuge who broke her left leg when delivering food relief items to her fellow bouncers during covid-19.

Aisha Ssenkubuge got an accident around Zaana round about when she was door to door delivering food to a body she heads, Uganda Bouncers association when their patron Elly Kayanja extended food relief during the pandemic. Her left leg was completely smashed and cut off.

Don Anthony yesterday blessed her with a sum of 1M to help in medication and so promised more food items during this time.

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Saturday club fever: Club Beatz 3rd edition returns this weekend with John Blaq, MunG, Suspekt Leizor and Lillian Mbabazi

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The third and final edition of club beats home concert will take place this Saturday starting 8PM and will go on till late. Star singers Mun G, Suspekt Laizor, Lillian Mbabazi and John Blaq have been booked for the night.

Last weekend’s edition was lit and featured singers Lydia Jazmine, Grenade, Feffe Busi and Tonix. Dj Aludah was on the decks and as always Martha Kay was the host.

The third and last edition will return this Saturday 9th May and unlike previous editions, DJ Xyzl will make debut appearance. It will stream on Club Pilsner Facebook and Youtube platforms. The party will also be streamed live on BigEye.ug Facebook Page. Party with Club Beatz this Saturday.

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