A UGANDA newspaper has listed 200 people it accused of being gay, a day after the president called homosexuals ‘mercenaries’ and signed one of the world’s toughest anti-gay laws.
“Exposed!’’ the headline of the Red Pepper tabloid read, beneath photographs of Ugandans it said were gay, as well as reporting on lurid stories of alleged homosexual actions.
“Uganda’s 200 top homos named,’’ the daily newspaper added.
That’s appalling at the best of times, but in the present climate there is almost inciting their deaths.
On Monday, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill into law which holds that repeat homosexuals should be jailed for life, outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and requires people to denounce gays.
Mr Museveni said he could not understand how one could “fail to be attracted to all these beautiful women and be attracted to a man’’ instead and described in graphic details his particular revulsion to oral sex.
This is not far removed from what the Nazis started in the 1930s. I don’t mean the holocaust, but the jailing people for who they are, and denouncing of them.
I’m not sure if we give any aid to Uganda, but now would be a good time to stop.