Uganda’s First Officially Married Gay Couple: Union in Swedish Church Posted on February 26, 2014 by Makozewe 26 comments Rate this:Share this:ShareClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email a link to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related News & Analysis
Trots dödshot – homosexuelle Baker utvisas till Uganda
Han flydde till Sverige från Uganda efter dödshot. Baker Katumba är homosexuell och riskerar nu förföljelse och fängelse i sitt hemland. Men hans asylansökan avslogs och han lever nu gömd i Sverige.
I Uganda var Baker Katumba gift med en kvinna, ett äktenskap som han tvingats in i av sin familj. I hemlighet hade han en pojkvän. Frun upptäckte dock att Baker var homosexuell och berättade för familjens överhuvud, hans pappa.
– Jag kallades till ett familjemöte. Min familj var i chock och kunde inte alls förstå hur jag kunde vara ihop med en man. Min mamma bara grät och jag fick ingen kontakt med henne, min svåger hotade med att halshugga mig, säger Baker Katumba.
Sågs som en förbannelse
Baker flydde och levde gömd i Kampala hos sin pojkväns farbror i några dagar. Därefter fick han hjälp att fly till Sverige.
– Jag kunde inte återvända, de sa att jag var en förbannelse mot familjen.
Baker Katumba kommer till Sverige under hösten 2011 och söker då asyl. Migrationsverket tror dock inte på hans berättelse och han får avslag. Bland annat skriver beslutsfattaren att det inte är troligt att frun skulle berätta för hans pappa innan hon konfronterar Baker själv. Men det kritiseras av Bakers juridiska ombud.
– Jag tycker att det är oerhört märkligt och ett väldigt västerländskt sätt att se på det hela. De tycker inte det är trovärdigt, men då har de ingen koll på hur kultur och tradition fungerar i Uganda. I beslutet tas heller ingen hänsyn till den förföljelse och tortyr han kan komma att utsättas för i sitt hemland, säger Aino Gröndahl, jurist och offentligt biträde.
Dödshotas över internet
Migrationsverkets beslut överklagas, men Migrationsdomstolen gör samma bedömning som Migrationsverket. Baker Katumba utvisas till Uganda.
– Jag kände mig helt förtvivlad, jag hade hoppats att de skulle förstå under andra omgången, men nej. Rädslan av att bli gripen och förd tillbaka till Uganda är så stark, jag är konstant orolig över vad som kommer hända, säger Baker Katumba.
När Bakers situation uppmärksammas i Sundsvalls Tidning får hans familj och bekanta vetskap om var han är och han hotas då via de sociala medierna.
– Det var så mycket hat och jag blev väldigt ledsen. Vänner skrev att de inte visste att jag var en sådan hemsk person och att det jag gjorde var mycket dåligt. Några skrev också att det är bra att jag utvisas och att de kommer vänta på mig när jag kommer hem, säger Baker Katumba.
Svår situation i Uganda
I dag skrev presidenten under en ny lag som gör att homosexualitet kan straffas med livstids fängelse. Det är nu också varje medborgares skyldighet att rapportera till myndigheterna om de misstänkter att någon kan vara homosexuell. Men Migrationsverket kommer inte ändra i sin praxis så att det nu blir lättare för homosexuella att få asyl i Sverige.
– Situationen har varit svår länge och det här är mer en bekräftelse av vad vi redan vet. Redan nu får homosexuella ugandier stanna i Sverige, det är inte säkert att leva som homosexuell i Uganda, säger Fredrik Beijer som är tillförordnad rättschef på Migrationsverket.
Enligt Beijer beviljas 74 procent av de sökande ugandierna uppehållstillstånd i Sverige.
– Sedan uppstår ju naturligtvis en slags bevissituation, man måste kunna lämna tillförlitliga uppgifter, men de faktiskta förhållandena i Uganda är obestridiga, säger Fredrik Beijer.
Men Baker Katumba är förtvivlad över att Migrationsverket inte tror på hans berättelse. Idag lever han gömd någonstans i Sverige och att ge sig tillkänna för att bli deporterad ser han inte som ett alternativ.
– Antingen kommer jag sitta i fängelse i resten av mitt liv, eller så kommer jag dödas av någon som nu hotar mig. Det är inget tvivel om det, jag kan inte åka tillbaka, säger Baker Katumba.
What’s behind Uganda’s anti-gay crusade
Museveni is trying to distract his people and the world from a long list of serious crimes
By Milton Allimadi / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 4:45 AM.
ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images
The man in charge.
By now it’s been broadly reported that Uganda’s dictator of nearly 28 years, Gen. Yoweri Museveni, just signed a law that condemns homosexuals to life imprisonment.
What is not well-understood are the forces driving Museveni’s actions. African cultural homophobia, while strong, isn’t the prime engine here.
There’s a far more powerful and cynical motive at work: distracting Ugandans and the wider world from a broad range of other terrible actions being carried out by Museveni’s regime.
The law, akin to Stalinist- or Hitler- era legislation, would not only throw gays in prison for life. It would also imprison Ugandans who know of any homosexuals and don’t out them to the police. It even calls for Ugandans outside the country who engage in homosexual sex to be extradited home for trial.
The Obama administration has announced it will review U.S. relations with Uganda. The nation now receives over $1 billion in foreign aid, mostly from the U.S. and U.K.; London had previously severed aid due to massive corruption.
Museveni’s supporters claim the new crusade is an effort to protect Uganda’s children from gay sexual predators. Yet a quick Google search reveals that most sexual predators in Uganda — who’ve been raping girls as young as three — are heterosexual males.
What is really going on here is that Museveni is demonizing gays in precisely the same manner that a race-baiter would play the race card in U.S. politics — in a strategic effort to divert others from his larger crimes.
His anti-gay campaign started in 2009 when David Bahati, who belongs to Museveni’s party in the rubber stamp Parliament, introduced the bill. President Obama denounced this as “odious.” Museveni deviously pretended he had nothing to do with it, and urged his lawmakers to “go slow.”
Pausing the bill had the consequences Museveni desired. While he held the gay community hostage, the U.S. did not criticize Museveni when he brutalized political opponents in the run-up to the 2011 presidential election, which he ultimately stole from the leading opposition candidate.
Emboldened, in 2012 Museveni invaded Democratic Republic of Congo — not the first time he has done so — to plunder resources. But his proxy army was routed in November 2013 by UN peacekeepers.
Fast forward to 2014. Museveni again faces elections in two years. Uganda’s major political parties, activists and religious leaders want to field a single candidate to defeat him.
Museveni needs a new enemy. The majority of voters live in rural areas, where ignorance about homosexuality, and hostility toward it, is relatively high. Portraying himself as a champion of ordinary Ugandans against “sexual deviants” and the West, Museveni hopes to win their votes.
At the same time, Museveni needs to divert attention from another recent military setback. In December, he intervened in South Sudan’s civil conflict, only to reportedly lose many soldiers and officers.
After 28 years in power, why is Museveni still so determined to hang on? Partly to protect his family’s and cronies’ ill-gotten fortunes. He may also fear being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court for past transgressions.
So, what’s the world to do? Any reaction that addresses only the concerns of the gay community will play right into Museveni’s hands. Here are some recommendations for the Obama administration:
1. Initiate a sanctions and asset freeze against Museveni and his top aides.
2. When Ugandans take to the streets to peacefully demand change, as they have in the past (like the protestors in the Ukraine), many have been beaten, arrested and tortured. Make it clear to Museveni that he’d be held criminally liable if it happens again.
3. Support Ugandan pro-democracy advocates’ demands for a level election playing field before the 2016 vote.
Gay rights in Uganda are a crisis, but they are only one piece of a much more pernicious agenda by a dictator who has lost all legitimacy.
Allimadi, who publishes New York City-based The Black Star News, hails from Uganda.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/behind-uganda-anti-gay-crusade-article-1.1701473#ixzz2uVD8eVNh
Ugandan couple’s family suffers over gay wedding
Published: 06 Feb 2013 18:12 GMT+01:00
“They basically blamed me being gay and me bringing shame on Uganda on her,” an audibly rattled Sswerwada told The Local on the phone.
He added that his sister was forced to bring their mother to hospital to be treated for high blood pressure following the incident.
“I really don’t understand it. These people say they are against gays because of religion, culture and ‘African Values’. Some even said Europeans politicians had paid us to bring shame to Uganda,” he said.
The accusations that Sserwadda and his new husband got married for money do not upset him.
“If we were interested in money, we would have married other people. Neither of us is well off,” he explained.
He denies the accusation that European politicians have acted deliberately in supporting their marriage to bring shame on Uganda, a claim splashed across the Ugandans tabloids, according to Sserwadda.
That Sweden’s European Affairs Minister Birgitta Olsson, an outspoken LGBT rights proponent, attended the ceremony in a church north of Stockholm added fuel to the fire, he said.
“There were gay Ugandans long before white men arrived in Africa,” he said.
“Homosexuality in Uganda predates colonialism.”
Apart from the verbal scorn heaped on his mother, Sserwadda’s adult son was also confronted by fellow students in his university residence hall.
“He has my picture on his wall and one day, as he walked home from a lecture, he was met by a group of students who were holding the picture and had recognized me from the headlines,” Sserwadda recalled.
“They kept asking him if he was gay too. He said he wanted to be kept out of it,” said Sswerwada.
His son felt exceedingly ill at ease due to the tone of the conversation, which he felt verged on threatening. Sserwadda has since enlisted a private councilor to talk his son through the stress.
Despite the inflammatory tone at home, Sserwadda does not regret being open about his marriage.
“Love has no law, no boundaries, and no restrictions,” he told The Local.
“So I don’t regret what I did. One, because I love my husband. Two, because I needed to save him. Three, because this is who I am.”
Sserwada’s husband Lawrence has refiled his application to stay in Sweden with the Migration Board (Migrationsverket).
They hope to have a ruling within the next few weeks. If sent back to Uganda, Lawrence faces anti-gay persecution, they say.
In the mean time, Sserwada is keeping a close eye on an upcoming debate on homosexuality in the Ugandan parliament.
“I love my country, but we must change the laws that make us flee to Europe for protection,” he said.
Very sweet ! Love it
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Kenyan gay couple file for divorce two years after wedding
By JOSEPH NGUGI in London, email@example.com
The Kenyan gay couple who two years ago made headlines around the world after their civil wedding in London are back in the limelight again, this time seeking a divorce. (Read: Two Kenyan men wed in London)
Mr Daniel Chege Gichia confirmed that the divorce was filed by his civil partner, Mr Charles Ng’ang’a Wacera, alias Charles Ngengi months ago.
He said the court was expected to issue a decree nisi soon. Decree nisi is the first step towards the court recognition that a marriage has irretrievably broken down.
In the UK, if decree nisi is not challenged for six months by either couple, a final order — decree absolute — is issued and this legally brings the marriage to an end.
“I don’t know why the court’s ruling has taken this long. I am sure it will come out any time from now,” Gichia said.
If the divorce goes through, it will be Gichia’s second marriage having first married a Briton, Mr David Cleave. That union too broke down.
He said that the divorce petition was filed by Wacera who made a long list of allegations against him.
“I rebutted each allegation after the other and I hope the court will look and see the kind of a person I am,” he said.
Gichia said that the divorce had triggered off a sensitive matter, currently being investigated by the British Home Office.
“I think the Home Office wants to investigate whether the marriage was indeed a scam, intended only to enable one of the couples gain illegal entry into the UK. As far as I am concerned, I did the right thing to bring Mr Wacera to the UK so that we can marry,” Gichia said.
Sources privy to the information says that Wacera was spirited away from Kenya by Mr Gichia on a marriage visa, issued on the ground that gay marriages would never be allowed to happen in Kenya.
In public domain
Asked about the divorce, Wacera initially played down the issue saying that it was a figment of people’s imaginations.
“Nii ndi wa Chege na tugatigithukanio ni gikuu (Chege is my partner and only death will do us apart),” he said on phone before bursting into laughter.
After realising the details of the divorce were already in the public domain and that his former partner, Gichia, had already commented on the same, Wacera agreed to talk about his marriage to Gichia but declined to discuss the divorce proceedings, which he claimed was a matter before the court.
“I don’t want anything that I say used against me in court. I am comfortable to talk about my life with Gichia since we got married and nothing more.” Wacera said.
Wacera said that the marriage seemed to have been doomed from the beginning because of the negative publicity the couple got after the civil wedding.
“We seem to have taken things for granted. We put so much effort in arranging and planning for the wedding and forgot to plan on how to deal with the aftermath should the public opinion turn against us.
Nobody in their wildest dreams ever thought that our simple wedding would attract such a huge world-wide publicity,” he said. He added: “I wanted to have a simple wedding that only Chege, I and four of our best couple would attend.
“My former partner and friends, however, had another idea. They wanted a big ceremony with colour and pomp. This caused me a lot of discomfort,” Wacera said.
He said that he only realised that his life would never be the same again after stepping out of the ceremony at the registrar’s parlour to be met by flashing cameras from people he had never seen before.
“I wasn’t aware that some people, even journalists had turned up,” he said.
“At first I had thought of abandoning Gichia and the friends. I wanted to take cover. I, however, thought this would only cause more attention to myself and an unnecessary embarrassing drama. Furthermore, everybody else, apart from myself, seemed to be enjoying the attention,” Wacera said.
Asked whether he had plans to leave the gay life and marry to get children, Wacera said he would never marry a woman, and will never even seek to have children.
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