Homophobia, we are told, runs high in Uganda. But, that is deceiving.

As if there are no gays or lesbians in the country. What is more shameful is denial of this: that there are hundreds and thousands of Ugandans who fall into this category — from time immemorial, no less.

While the rest of the world is working hard to get rid of all forms of discrimination, Uganda is stuck in the dark ages, discriminating and persecuting people based on their sexual preferences.

The other day, Simon Lokodo, a Cabinet minister raided a legally assembled workshop for gay activists and tried to arrest the organizer. What gives him the right to take the law into his own hands? Where was the police? He should have been the one to be arrested for disturbing the peace and being a public nuisance.

In the meantime, the powers that be remain mum over corruption — which has become a way of life –and many other types of white collar crime.

This indiscipline that allows a cabinet minister to defy the law and trample on other people’s liberties is a sign that all is not well in Kampala. If a minister can act so brazenly, what is to stop the KADOGOS from breaking into his house, or assaulting his family? This is not rocket science.


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