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Former VP criticizes gov’t on anti-homosexuality act

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“I am in full solidarity with the LGBT community and I will continue to defend their rights in Uganda and across Africa. Rest assured of my unwavering support and action for the realization of the rights for every human being, which has been my struggle since childhood. I will not reverse my path.

I will continue to engage with the Government of Uganda and civil society organizations on this important matter” – Speciosa Kazibwe

Former Vice President Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe has issued a firm statement taking against President Yoweri Museveni’s recent signing of the controversial Anti-Homosexuality law.

The new law is said to be popular locally but is regarded by many foreign states as an act of violation of human rights.

Kazibwe, who has been the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa since August 2013, says in a statement issued on March 10 that the new anti-homosexuality act signed by President Museveni “only serves to fuel stigma and discrimination against the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community and undermines the significant progress of the national AIDS response”.

She describes it as part of a “dangerous resurgence” of discrimination evident in some African countries and says she had highlighted this point to President Museveni before the Bill was signed into law.

UNAID’s position has been that new law is a violation of human rights and Kazibwe says the AIDS response and human rights have been her top priority since she was appointed.

Kazibwe says the Bill was signed despite her prior expression of caution to members of parliament as well stating that the act would negatively affect Uganda’s international reputation, as well as support from donors.

Kazibwe says she is working with the Ministry of Health to ensure that the Act is subjected to a regulatory impact assessment and that she intends to stand in full support of the Secretary General’s leadership in urging the Government of Uganda to revise the Anti-Homosexuality Act at its earliest opportunity.

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written by Yunus Luswa, March 12, 2014
I bet if you were still in cabinet your opinion would be to support the government, by the way have you considered the general opinion of our society, or you just want to please the west. Black people must be able to chose what they want than pleasing the slave master's children.Even those in power should stop being house Nigars, pleasing Master. I am not an NRM supporter but on this issue I am like the majority of Ugandans.
written by Yunus Luswa, March 12, 2014
I have written in the past that its time for us to set our selves free from slavery, take care of our own affairs from our own sources and stop begging the slave master's children for handouts. Our tax base if properly monitored and all our resources is sufficient to give us a fast class economy. We only need the west as partners, nothing more than. There will always be some house Nigar leaders who will not wan't to part from Master and his fake handouts. We should not give them votes come 2016.
written by Aram, March 14, 2014
Dr. Kazibwe is just fighting for her UN job back. Why are Palestinians suffering if the US cares about so called human rights.
written by Victor, March 15, 2014
Dr. Kazimbwe the UN secretary general is just an agent of imperialism not a human rights crusader. Unfortunately the secretary general of UN has no power to tell Ugandans the laws to enact. Ask him about human rights in his neighbouring North Korea which deserves more attention. Kazibwe has no choice but to issue such a statement to keep her UN job which is better paying than that of a cabinet minister or the vice presidency she was hounded from. You can't tie economic imperialism to homosexuality. Let's be independent of both. Kazibwe, when these homosexuals rape young boys in Uganda, I haven't heard your voice there.
written by Kayumba David, March 16, 2014

This lady should be ignored completely. What she has no choice but to say what she is saying if she is to survive in her UN job.
written by Semakula David, March 18, 2014
"The higher the monkey climbs, the more the anus is exposed" goes the timeless adage. This woman, despite her exposure to the most expensive and the best academic institutions on the globe has miserably failed to be civilised. Truly, you can take a person from the bush but you will never take the bush out of the person no matter what. Now that she is free roaming and has no handler, wait for the disgrace she is going to cause Uganda. If I were M7, and sadly I am not, I would see to it that she is in Luzira and let her post be filled then let gays howl themselves hoarse. Contempt for Uganda parliament is criminal. Is she already an american now, just because she works in the UN?
written by Aram, March 18, 2014
Thank u Semakula David for telling Kazibwe the truth. Back to USA. If they care about human rights and freedom, why have they refused to recognize Crimea as an independent state???

That's what people of Crimea want.

written by Semakula David, March 19, 2014
Aram, Crimea is and will remain an independent state whether "gays" want it or not. Traditionally, the croaking of a frog never stopped livestock from watering. You are old enough to have seen a dog chasing a car barking profusely but with no intent to bite.
written by Tom Mugisha, March 24, 2014
Imagine some Africans thinks that criminalizing gays in being civilized. Please Dr. Specioza Kazibwe's point has a lot of sense and we shouldn't be left in the dark days. I would not like my child to become one but I wouldn't either castrate them for being one.

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