A Non-Governmental Organisation is on the spot for allegedly drafting a by-law that would see homosexuals “recognised” in Kasese district, a move that has been unanimously condemn in Uganda.
Social media platforms with users from Kasese, are awash with allegations that Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum, the NGO behind the unpopular by-law, drafted it before presenting it to the district council to pass.
This is contrary to what the organisation says that it stopped at hiring a consultant over the same.
Some have even gone ahead to state that the council members who hastily agreed to the by-law had received kickbacks although this is yet to be confirmed.
Councillors who objected to the by-law have also told sources that there was something fishy about the whole process involving the NGO.
Uganda is a Christian nation and abhors the act of homosexuality with legislation listing it as a crime.
Efforts to get a comment from the organisation about these allegations were futile by the time we published this story.
Early this week, Ugandans were enraged when news came that Kasese district Municipal Council was in advanced stages to pass a by-law that would give recognition to homosexuals in receiving treatment under the guise that they are a minority group.
This prompted the Deputy Speaker of Parliament to ask the Internal Affairs ministry to probe the matter.
“Kasese Municipal Council made an attempt to pass a by-law that recognises homosexuals
and transgender people as minorities … I have gotten information that the Council was being
facilitated by an NGO called Human Rights Promotion Awareness Forum and they are going
around the whole country … now they are using local governments. The motion was
sponsored by a group calling themselves Human Rights Awareness Promotion Forum … and
it was moving at a terrible speed… I want the Minister for Internal Affairs to take up this
matter seriously with this NGO and you follow the due process,” Thomas Tayebwa said.
On its website, the organisation has a bragging statement that it was part of those that challenged Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law in 2014, in addition to rainbow content plastered on the site.
The organisation is based in Ntinda and Dr. Adrian Jjuuko listed as its Executive Director.