Anti-gay politicians in Uganda are working both behind the scenes and bizarrely in public to lay the groundwork for bringing back Uganda’s notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
By Kikonyogo Kivumbi
In a bizarre twist amid a buildup to introducing (tabling) a new Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda’s parliament, the country’s security minister Gen. Elly Tumwine has smeared the LGBT movement by saying it is associated with a “hybrid … terrorist organization.”
Tumwine claims that supporters of LGBT rights are working with advocates of cryptocurrency and the Red Beret Movement, an opposition political group that seeks an end to the regime of longtime President Yoweri Museveni. Tumwine says that all those people are part of a conspiracy backed by a few individuals seeking to disrupt the world order.
He spun that elaborate conspiracy theory while appearing on a morning talk show at NBS Television.
Tumwine said this terror organization and its work had already infiltrated Uganda through LGBT people, cryptocurrency and people who put on red clothes.
This is a slightly edited, nearly verbatim version of what the minister said:
“As a security minister, I want to inform the public that there is a threat to the World called the Red Movement. There is a terrorist organization, one of the hybrid security or terrorist organizations of the world. There is a movement called the Red Movement managed by some few individuals in the world who want to create anarchy all over the world to break the stability of the order of things. They put on red, manufacture those red things, they supply them all over the world, to destabilise countries deliberately. It is associated with LGBT movement, cryptocurrency; of things which want to break the established order of things.”
The Red Beret Movement supports pop musician Bobi Wine (Robert Sentamu Kyagulanyi), who became an opposition politician and was elected to parliament as the representative for Kyaddondo East near Kampala. He is the driving force behind the related political movement People Power, Our Power.
Many members of Uganda’s ruling elite are scared and angry about the prospect that the regime’s 33-year grip on power will come to an end in 2021 with a presidential election victory by Bobi Wine, who typically wears a red beret.
To counter his popularity, the government last month declared that it is illegal to wears red berets because they are part of a Ugandan military uniform. The threatened punishment for violators is life imprisonment. Six of Bobi Wine’s supporters were arrested last week for defying that ban.
Members of the Ugandan regime believe that the aggressive People Power, Our Power movement is funded by Americans and the European Union, especially the Dutch government.
In response to Tumwine’s comments that the supposed conspiracy involves LGBT rights activists, Frank Mugisha, the executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, tweeted that the minister’s comments were part of a blame game that seeks to focus attention on LGBT Ugandans as bearing the responsibility for whatever problems Ugandan official face.
Uganda’s previous Anti-Homosexuality Bill was enacted in early 2014 but was annulled by Uganda’s constitutional court on technical grounds..
First known as the “Kill the Gays Bill” because its initial wording made same-sex intimacy a capital offense, the law roused strong opposition in the United States and Western Europe.
From the African Human Rights Media Network
Kikonyogo Kivumbi, the author of this article, is the executive director of the Uganda Health and Science Press Association.
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