Kazibwe Bashir Mbaziira, the Member of Parliament for Kawempe South, has called on Bobi Wine, the leader of the National Unity Platform (NUP), to clarify his stance on homosexuality.
Mbaziira raised the issue on his twitter account, expressing his concern that he might be targeted by individuals who do not understand the nuances of the debate.
\”Why hasn\’t Bobi Wine ever said anything about homosexuality? Does he support it or he doesn\’t?\” Mbaziira asked. \”We need to really understand what his stand is because I am going to be abused by these foolish people who don\’t reason, and the elite will really understand this argument.\”
Mbaziira\’s comments were prompted by the recent passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which criminalizes same-sex relationships in Uganda. The legislation was signed into law by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in 2021, sparking outrage from human rights groups and LGBT activists.
Mbaziira criticized opposition leaders, including former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye and NUP party president Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi, for their silence on the issue. He argued that their failure to speak out against the law had emboldened its supporters and risked further marginalizing vulnerable groups.
\”We cannot afford to be silent on this issue,\” Mbaziira said. \”We need to stand up for the rights of all Ugandans, regardless of their sexual orientation. It\’s time for Bobi Wine and other opposition leaders to take a stand on this issue and make it clear where they stand.\”
Bobi Wine has yet to comment on Mbaziira\’s remarks, but the issue is likely to be a topic of discussion in the coming weeks. The NUP leader has been vocal on a range of political and social issues, including corruption, police brutality, and poverty, but has so far avoided taking a position on homosexuality.
The controversy surrounding the Anti-Homosexuality Act has brought the issue of LGBT rights to the forefront of public discourse in Uganda. While proponents of the law argue that it is necessary to protect the country\’s moral values, opponents argue that it is a violation of human rights and an attack on individual freedom.