Two Escape Mob Action for Alleged Sodomy

Two men in Namisindwa district have survived the wrath of angry residents for allegedly engaging in sodomy. 

Rogers Wabuya and Derrick Wamwangu, both residents of Bukiabi sub-county were rounded up by residents from a lodge in Bumbo town council on Saturday.

Fred Timbwa, an eyewitness, says that residents stormed the guest house following a tip-off from one of the workers. Mathew Nabiswa, a paternal uncle to Wamwangu, says that the residents stormed the guest house armed with machetes, axes, stones, bricks, and sticks to lynch the duo but were saved by the Bumbo town council LC III chairperson, Joseph Kamuli.

According to Kamuli, after rescuing the duo, they took Wamwangu to Magale health centre III for treatment after sustaining ruptures in his anus while Wabuya is locked up at Bumbo police post.

John Musila, the Bubulo East constituency MP condemned the act, saying it lends credence to the proposed anti-gay bill before the parliament. This week, parliament granted leave to the Bugiri Municipality MP, Asuman Basalirwa to introduce a private member’s bill titled the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2023. 

The bill seeks to prohibit any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex and prohibit the promotion or recognition of such relations.

Uganda is notorious for intolerance of homosexuality — which is criminalised under colonial-era laws — and strict Christian views on sexuality in general.

But since independence from Britain in 1962 there has never been a conviction for consensual same-sex activity.

Rights groups say the law would result in further persecution of a vulnerable minority group.


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