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Community targets youth leader over suspected gay links

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Community targets youth leader over suspected gay links

Eric Kibalama

Uganda is experiencing an upsurge in homophobic attacks which are keeping gay people as well as some human rights activists under constant fear for their lives.

Hardly a week after we reported that a senior medical officer and former minister in Kabaka’s government had allegedly assaulted a suspected gay patient, reports have reached us indicating that one community in Wakiso district has decided to issue a warning to one activist whom the community members suspected of promoting homosexuality in the community.

In the LC letter seen by The Sunrise, the elders demanded that Eric Kiguli Kibalama abandons what they regard as deviant behaviour and follow his parents norms and traditions.

The letter community attached

According to Eric’s friend Fred Mukalazi, who alerted us about the incident, community members at Matugga recently closed offices of Matugga Youth and Health Intervention Organization a Community-based organisation that used to employ Kibalama. The CBO was engaged in sensitising young people against engaging in vices like drug abuse, fornication among others.

Following the two incidents, Mukalazi believes that Kibalama disappeared for security purposes.

Although the warning was issued in May 2019, it comes amid renewed calls for anti-Homosexual rhetoric and attacks.

This week we reported how a Minister of Buganda Dr. Ben Mukwaya allagedly badly assaulted one gay patient. His case is awaiting the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to prepare a file for trial.

Meanwhile Members of Parliament have pledged to rally behind the Ministry of Ethics and Integrity in curbing immorality in society, following reports that MPs are planning to re-introduce a bill that seeks to impose stricter punishment for gay people.

President Museveni’s press secretary Don Wanyama denied reports that government was planning to embark on another legislative campaign against homosexuality, despite earlier reports attributed to Ethics Minister Fr. Simon Lokodo.

Because of what Mukalazi fears is the threat to Kibalama’s life, the victim is believed to be in hidding.

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