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MPs for Big Homosexual Debate Today

The Monitor, November 28, 1999
Kampala, Uganda

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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