MPs for Big Homosexual Debate Today
November 28, 1999
By Kisuule Magala Katende
Kampala Members of Parliament, leading academics and religious leaders are
debating the controversial homosexuality subject today at Sheraton Hotel.
The debate organised by the Evangelical Fellowship of Uganda in partnership with the
National Fellowship of Born Again Churches will debate the issue under the theme:
"The Homosexual Challenge In Uganda Some Biblical And Secular Perspectives."
The debate which will be held in Victoria room will start at 2:30 p.m. and feature Dr
J. Magala, Professor of Anatomy, Dr Sam Lubega and Dr. Peter Claver Matovu a Professor in
counselling and guidance.
Others are Dr Edward Muhima, a theologist, Pastor Simon Kayiwa of Namirembe Christian
Fellowship and Micheal Kyazze who will give a spiritual perspective to the debate.
Stephen Mugabi one of the organisers, told Sunday Monitor that more than 100
dignitaries have been invited.
The presence of gays and lesbians has sparked off controversial debates in the media,
religious and political circles. The climax was when President Yoweri Museveni while
addressing a Reproductive Health Conference, Sept. 27 ordered the police to arrest and
prosecute culprits of the alleged homosexual wedding in Wandegeya.
But Museveni later softened his stand on gays and lesbians while in Durban, South
Africa, Nov.16 when he told journalists that homosexuals were free to live out their
sexual orientation as long as they "did it quietly"(see Museveni Softens Stand
On Homos, The Monitor Nov. 17)
The minister of Security Muluri Mukasa also recently refereed to the gays as pigs.
However, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has to help
homosexuals who feel persecuted in Uganda.
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