The Chairman of The FREEDOM AND UNITY FRONT, Prof Amii Omara recently had an interview with VOA on the issue of the Anti-gays bill about to be signed by President Kaguta Museveni. The professor appealed to the international community not to give in to Museveni bullying.
Let me say that FUF fully understands the cultural setting of this debate and also appreciates the feelings of those many who may detest homosexuality.
Having said that, however, FUF recognises the need for governments to approach such issues that divide opinions and affect rights of its citizens with uttermost sincerity devoid of political opportunism.
FUF recognises how emotive such issues that border on matters of social construction such as gender, sexuality etc. within the contexts of culture, religion, social organisation and political activism can be. That is why leaders must exercise able leadership when handling such issues.
First, we need to understand the context in which this issue is being pushed and determined. It is at a time when Mr Museveni and a few of his henchmen find themselves increasingly isolated both locally and internationally. They are finding it hard to manoeuvre through the ever shrinking political space in which they find themselves now.
Therefore all populist actions/decisions by the regime for short term political gains but which are potentially damaging in the long term must be exposed and our people empowered to be on guard.
The oppressor uses these short term populist agendas to gain political capital which if not detected and resisted end up enslaving the people in the long term. We therefore need to be very careful.
Therefore, the current debate on the Anti-gay bill and the deliberate targeting and positioning of gay people at the centre of a hate campaign orchestrated by Mr Museveni and his group of political opportunists must be questioned and the motive behind it exposed. This is important because it goes to the very foundation of the struggle for individual freedoms in a society and also underlines the question of principles and ethics on which leaders should be judged. For, as governments become stronger, so does the space of individual freedoms shrink. So the battle for individual freedoms is a struggle that defines the ever existing struggle between governments and the people they govern, who in the first place hold all the power.
RIGHT AND WRONG/SATAN OR GOD; PROTECTION OF CHILDREN, SOCIETY ETC
We must also note that the dictatorship has tried to frame the homosexual debate as an issue between wrong and right, of Satan and God; as a struggle to safeguard our children etc.
On the surface of it, these are noble intents and for those not accustomed to the workings of a dictatorship, they can easily cheer and go along, like when many cheered when Mr Museveni duped the country and removed term limits only for us to be stuck with an aging dictator, and also like when his hero now, Idi Amin, overthrew Obote in a military coup and thousands of our country men and women went on streets to cheer him, only to be devoured by his government.
Therefore, for those in the know, Museveni’s intentions are opportunistic, calculated and cleverly timed for political capital at the time his rule is under siege. So for all those high sounding reasons he is giving, Mr Museveni is lying, as usual of course.
He is an opportunist and manipulator. It’s about the Pentecostal lobby, about the unsuspecting Christians and Muslim voters; and he is now trying to neutralise Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s own popularity by riding the same issue at the time he is fighting internal wars within his National Resistance Movement, or what is remaining of it. But perhaps, most important, his major aim is to put in place a bad law to use against the opposition like he tried to use the rape law against Dr Besigye, something the head of CID at the time, police officer Elizabeth Kutesa confessed to before court.
PROTECTION OF CHILDREN
For instance, on the issue that that law is intended to protect children, you wonder why a president would imagine that we need to protect our children in schools against homosexuals mostly or even only, as if it is alright for heterosexuals to abuse our children. It does not matter whether the abuser is heterosexual or homosexual; the bottom line is that children should not be abused. So that law has nothing to do with the protection of children.
In any case, rape and defilement of children have been capital offences on our statute books for some time now. Therefore abuse of children by homosexual cannot be any worse than by heterosexuals. So the current Anti-gays bill that Mr Museveni is running around with is intended to be a political weapon as he gears to unleash terror on leaders of the opposition when the electoral process hits up.
We also need to understand that there are laws already in place that cover all those areas supposed to be addressed by the new Anti-homosexual law. So why this law now? That is a question I will answer in detail in my subsequent article.
GENUINE CONCERNS OF SOME OF OUR PROPLE
As we embark on the struggle to expose Museveni on this issue, we are also aware about the genuine concerns and views of some of our people, the churches, mosques, traditionalists etc. on this issue of homosexuality.
But as true leaders who want social harmony and political maturity as we struggle for democracy and people’s individual rights, as we struggle to free ourselves from the current abuses which far outweigh the now over blown homosexual problem, like the total collapse of the Ugandan state, we in FUF are ready to engage in this debate with all, in an atmosphere devoid of all political manoeuvring and opportunism.
LEGAL MECHANISM FOR FIGHTING OPPOSOTION
We, in FREEDOM AND UNITY FRONT take the lessons of history very seriously. We therefore call upon Ugandans to be careful not to hand over an undeserved victory, in form of a law that Mr Museveni will use to suppress opposition leaders after framing them. He lied under oath (by proxy) that Dr Besigye had raped a woman called Kyakuwa, only for the police/courts to expose his direct hand in that treachery and subversion of our legal and electoral processes. Today, with the dictator; under intense pressure to win the coming election at all cost, every law you hand to him, which has grey areas, is God sent! Fellow Ugandans, we must not play along with the tricks of Mr Museveni on this one.
A LETTER TO THE CLERGY AND LAY LEADERS OF DIFFERENT FAITHS
I am also writing an article addressed to clergy and lay leaders of different faiths in Uganda. Soon it will be with you. This is a potent issue and therefore we all need to study it and master the facts and the falsehoods. Museveni’s opportunism must be exposed.
But we also need to know that dictators world over have always used this issue to try and recapture the lost political space. But they lost and he too will lose.
HOMOSEXUALITY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RACE
Lastly, in my coming article, I refute claims made by Mr Museveni when he arrogantly tries to associate homosexuality with race. When he tries to associate homosexuality with the white race, claiming that it is being imported to Africa by Europeans.
Whether there are interest groups in Europe and America involved in this is a different issue which can be explored. But what is definitely wrong is to associate homosexuality with race categorisation. His wild claims don’t stand up to any scientific or historical scrutiny. Mr Museveni’s claims show sheer ignorance.
Actually between 1933 and 1945 and between 50,000 and 65,000 homosexuals perished in Nazi Germany. Other people like Jean Boisson think the figure was much higher.
Mr Museveni’s crimes in South Sudan
I have also written an article on the Museveni treachery and dangerous misadventures in South Sudan, the problems facing the South Sudanese new state and Uganda due to Museveni’s misguided biased intervention in support of one side in what is clearly a Civil conflict.
THE COLLAPSE OF THE AFRICAN COLLONIAL STATE (Neo-colonial state)
I also try to highlight the pathetic state of the African colonial states all over Africa. Where almost half of the African countries are now being held together by the old Imperial forces, as it were, or their Capital (money). Look at how many countries in Africa are now having French troops or other West European troops on their soils to suppress discontent of the inhabitants? From Sierra Leone where the British rushed to “save” it, to Mali, CAR, Sudan, DRC, Cote d’lvoire, Uganda,( note USA sent marines to Uganda to try and defeat Joseph Kony and they are still there!) etc etc etc! Many others are being policed by foreign forces in the name of UN etc? Who pays for these forces? Indeed, the Western Powers of old still bankroll all these operations from Libya to Somalia, Congo, Mali, etc etc etc! From North to South. West to East.
The old colonial powers and the new colonial overlords on the scene now still manufacture all the arms we use to kill our people. They still control the financial institutions of the world as did their grandfathers. They still control the technology and all the tools of science as they did before colonialism. These powers control life in all African countries through their NGOs, Capital, technology and multinational companies just like the Imperial British East Africa Company of the 1890s did during the colonisation of East Africa and others.
We hardly manufacture anything. Africa still sells primary products and imports everything, from the clothes we wear, which the West makes from our cotton which we export raw, to the TOOTHPICKS we use made from the shrubs of China and India! We depend on Aid to run our poorly run schools and collapsed healthy services. Yet the apologists of the African betrayal constantly refer to the wonder growth on the African continent. The GDP of the entire Africa continent is equal to that of Germany which stands at 3.4 Trillion USD. German has 80 million people while Africa has more than a billion now and has more resources and a surface area almost thirty times! Germany is 357,021 square kms, while Africa is 30,221,532 square kms.
The GDP of Sub Saharan Africa is a mere 1.290 Trillion (one point two trillion) which is the GDP of the state of Texas of USA. These are the countries whose leaders go and give speeches on the United Nations Podium and without shame demand for a permanent seat on the UN Security council.
I read Mr Museveni warning the West not to interfere with his homosexual project. That he will defeat them like he has always done. Well, those who Mr Museveni postures to have fought and defeated are planning to land man on Mars and to Land a Spaceship on a Comet at 24,600MPH (speed) after being to the moon numerous times.
Yet, the greatest issue of life and death according to these African traitors is homosexuality! That is what occupies our Parliament, our Mr president! Not how to save the toiling African from extinction because of hunger, violence, wars, disease, including jiggers etc. Time to get our priorities right Mr President.
With all this, do we still hear Mr Museveni bashing the old African chiefs? Posturing to be fighting imperialism? Really? What a shame! The Musevenis of our time have betrayed Africa. I hope history will make them account for their treachery against the African peoples and the black race.
THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF THE AFRICAN FAILURE TO DEFEAT COLONIALISM
FUF is coming up with an Article which discusses, in a comparative way, the quality of the old African state and the new post-colonial states. We compare the economies, for example the organisation of economic activities like manufacturing; delve into areas of education and health in the old African states like in the old Kingdom of Kush which was producing Iron and other metals between 2000-1500BC, or Ghana empire by 830 AD, Bunyoro Kitara, Buganda, Ethiopia etc.
We also delve into their failure to defeat the foreign imperialist forces, but put this failure within the wider context of world power politics, scientific advancement and key characteristics on the movement of history. We hope that these can show that Africans can redeem themselves and show distinct footpaths in our struggle to forge a new way.
The failure of the African rulers of the time is then juxtaposed with other experiences in other parts of the world like that of the Roman conquest and rule of Britain for 400 years (43 AD-410 AD). The conquest and subjugation of the Chinese by the Japanese. The defeat and utter devastation of the Chinese dynasties, the entire Eurasia (China, Korea, the Caucasus and substantial parts of Eastern Europe, Russia and middle East) by the Mongolian General Ghenghis Khan who ruled between 1206 and 1227 AD.( He had built the largest contiguous empire in history, stretching from China to Caspian sea in a shorter period than Mr Museveni has spent fidgeting on his so called dream empire of two tribes!) By so doing, one is able to expose Mr Museveni’s lack of grasp of the dialectical dynamics of history which explains his many wrong prescriptions to the African problems and his own mistakes in Uganda and the region.
We need to confront ourselves with the hard questions.
Has Africa recovered from the thousands of years of abuse it has endured over the ages?
What would it take to turn Africa round?
Can Africa survive under the current political mayhem and ideological bankruptcy of some of its political class?
What fundamentals has Africa got right that show it can survive in the current modern world of Man destroy Man? And what next for Africa?
Who thinks about these issues, not through the lenses of short term personal gains, but through lenses which clearly show that the African and indeed the black race, face a real existential threat, the same threat like the one the Black race faced at the time of slave trade and the destruction of the then African society and African human identity and dignity?
Gen David Sejusa