Gay-Bashers Run Riot in Parliament
November 1, 2000
By Max Hamata
WINDHOEKPandemonium reigned in the National Assembly yesterday as some of
Swapos homophobic MPs continuously disrupted proceedings to delay debate on the
ratification of the African court on human rights.
The Swapo MPs interrupted CoDs Rosa Namises after she rose to resume debate on
the ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on the Establishment of the
African Court on Human and Peoples Rights. She attracted the ire of several Swapo
MPs when she noted that minority rights, such as those of gays and lesbians, were under
threat from the authorities in Namibia.
Not even Speaker of the National Assembly Mose Tjitenderos constant warnings that
"calling people names was unacceptable and reflected badly on the House" were
enough to restore order.
Even after Tjitendero had explained that all human rights were respected in the House,
Swapo MPs Jerry Ekandjo, Hadino Hishongwa and Jeremiah Nambinga continued to disrupt the
Ekandjo justified his disruption by equating homosexuality with sodomy. "As far as
I know sodomy is still a crime in this country. Why is it bad to call someone a lesbian
... What is sodomy?" he asked.
Tjitendero called him to order, reminding him that as the Minister responsible for Home
Affairs he should know what sodomy is. "I do not accept utterances made out of
emotional expression. I urge you not to make offensive expressions to each other,"
Hishongwa, however, continued to complain: "The ruling in this House is one- sided
... it is undemocratic. In this House some people are more important than others."
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