Muslims welcomed the decision of President Yoweri Museveni to sign into law anti-gay bill on 24th/02/2014 that imposes life sentences for some homosexual acts, risking ties between western donors and the east African country.
“I would like to commend President Museveni for his decision to sign the anti-gay bill into law,” Mutumba said.
“Once again, he has proved that he is a leader who has his country and his people at heart.
“Since the passing of the bill by the parliament of Uganda, the President has been under a lot of pressure from the promoters of the Homosexuality Act around the world but despite the numerous threats he received, he put morality first,” Mutumba added.
Few days ago, US President Barack Obama threatened that the anti-gay could jeopardize relations with Uganda, warning that it would be a “step backward for all Ugandans.”
The key western alley has further warned to review ties with the African nation that include granting it more than $400 million as aid annually.
Though praised by the Muslim community, the decision has sent outcry among rights activists who deemed it as a setback to human rights in the African country.
Despite warnings and speculations that could come from figures like Mr. Daniel Bakere, the Africa director for Human Right Watch, told Al-Jazeera on 20th February thus “There is real urgency now that [Yoweri] Museveni has stated his intention to sign the bill,”
“The US should temporarily recall the ambassador to conduct strategic consultations on the US/Uganda relationship, while making clear the range of concerns for yet another clawback to human rights in Uganda,” Bekele added.
Appreciating Museveni’s decision, the Muslim Council has urged a national support for the president.
It is now the duty of all Ugandans to rally behind the President because “the coming days, weeks, months and years may not be easy for the country,” UMSC’s Public Relations Officer urged.
“Let us unite behind our leader, abide by the laws, fight corruption, give our children relevant skills, work hard and accumulate enough wealth that will make us economically more independent and therefore less dependent on aid from the western world.
“Thank you very much President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for showing leadership,” he added.
It should be remembered that on 15th October of 2007, the Old Kampala Mufti, Sheikh Ramathan Shaban Mubajje wanted gays marooned on an island in Lake Victoria until they all die to make Uganda clean from homosexuals. Sheikh Mubajje said that he sold his proposal to President Yoweri Museveni by then when they met at Hotel Africana in that same year hence his fruits seem to have materialized when the same president signed the bill into law to harass this innocent population.
He was quoted thus “I asked President Museveni to get us an island on Lake Victoria and we take these homosexuals and they die out there,” Sheikh Mubajje said this during a press briefing after Idd el Fitr prayers in 2007.
It should be noted that among the factors for this hate is primarily in religious leaders who have a big say to the public and their words are never minced.
We need to change the mindset of such people by using various campaigns and bring a message to them that LGBTI persons are not as a result of choice as per their notion but rather born just like any body else.