By Nkonge I Kaggwa
The Ugandan government has been applauded for assenting to the anti gay bill, qualifying it into law despite the controversy it brought about that, resulted into diversion and cutting of aid by some donor countries and agencies.
The applause was made by Liberian and Sierra Leonean Archbishops while addressing journalists during their visit to the Ugandan parliamentary Catholic Chaplaincy, prior to the official celebrations of the 126th anniversary of the Uganda Martyrs Day at the Namugongo shrine in the Ugandan capital Kampala Monday. Archbishops Lewis Ziegler of Liberia and Edward Tamba Charles of Sierra Leone who are on an Episcopal visit and pilgrimage to Namugongo Shrines, commended the Ugandan parliament and political leadership for being bold against homosexuality despite the threats from the donor community to support the vice.
Archbishop Zeigler encouraged African Countries to emulate Uganda and other African governments and parliaments that have taken steps towards outlawing homosexuality, as measure to protect the African culture which is facing extinction due to influence by international financing agencies. He further commended Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Jonathan Goodluck of Nigeria, whom he said have stood against all odds in addition to international pressures, to assent to the anti homosexuality law because it has enhanced maintenance of African Cultural values. “Signing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is one of the steps towards maintaining the cultural values as true Africans”, Zeigler emphasised.