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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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‘Shoot Them All’ RabaDaba drops new song

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By Stuart G-Khast

Last night Dancehall Veteran Rabadaba dropped visuals for ‘’shoot them all’’ one of the two videos he shot approximately last month. Raba’s lyrics have always been about self-praise and verbal attack and ‘’shoot them all’’ is no different.

The Video director Losso gave it a twist by translating the ‘’shoot’’ to mean shooting in photography rather than the ‘’shoot’’ for Guns. This explains why Raba is seen in the video in a photo shoot with models shooting them all one by one with an old skul photo camera.

This is definitely one of Raba’s biggest projects this year.

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Talented Street Kid hits studio, meet Pisto Kabenje

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By Stuart G-Khast

Not many months back Peter Kabugo aged 11 was on the streets vending Chapati and portering for a living and that was okay because you did not know him. While on the street he would rap and sing to entertain his fellow street kids and this is where luck shook hands with him.

Two brothers Franscis and Ian Pro spotted him and his talent came with him. They have recorded three songs already for him and his life is in verge of hitting stardom, if you support him.

“I love music and particularly HipHop. I am now under Jua Kali Entertainment managed by a team of intelligent people and I need Ugandans to support me too. I have seen them support many people and that an certain if I have talent” he told us in Luganda of course.

Pisto Kabenje will be dropping a video and collabo soon. Stay hooked.

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I will campaign for Jose Chameleone – Spice Diana

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By Stuart G-Khast

Am excited Spice Diana recently revealed she will be campaigning for fellow singer Jose Chameleone in the coming elections. Spice Diana also revealed why.

Spice Diana recently released her latest single “MOOD” that is another of her various hits. Mood was written by Jose Chameleone and at zero cost something Spice Diana doesn’t take lightly. “Chameleone could have done that song himself but he wrote it for me, I will return the favor. I will perform at all his rallies at zero cost” Spice Diana said.

The Leone Island Music Empire CEO recently announced his intentions of running for the Kampala city mayoral seat on the Democratic Party ticket come 2021 and as time is due, the ‘Tatizo’ singer is also spicing up his preparations to unseat incumbent Ssalongo Erias Lukwago.

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