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Anti-Gay House Speaker Sues, Wait, Anti-Gay Newspaper

in UGANDA, 14/03/2013

Uganda House Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga has sued tabloid newspaper, Red Pepper for defamation it emerged Thursday.

Kadaga, who has pushed for passage of the Anti Homosexuality Bill is suing a tabloid known for 'outing' homosexuals in Uganda in what some watchers have described as 'hilarious.'

She caused furor end of last year when she said she would ensure passage of the Bill as a 'Christmas gift' to Ugandans.

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has sued the Red Pepper publication claiming she was defamed by a story published in September last year.

The said story ran in the Sunday Pepper on September 9, 2012 under the headline 'More 300 tycoons lose property over debts- National Exclusive'.

Also sued are the editor in chief, Richard Tusiime and the reporter who filed the story, Isaac Tugume.

Red Pepper recently published names of persons it alleged were homosexuals thus continuing with its history of 'outing' real or perceived homosexuals.

LGBT critic, Queer Watchtower, reacting to this lawsuit said it was 'bizarre' that a homophobic politician who has pushed for anti gay legislation would sue a paper that pushes the same anti-gay agenda.

As this was ongoing, LGBT persons got involved in the Sexual and Gender Based Violence /Persecution (SGBVP) Awareness Week.

'One activity involved blood donation, voluntary blood testing and counseling, which has been carried out on all people who participated in this event without discrimination regarding their gender identity or sexual orientation,' wrote 76 Crimes.

'It has been really a great milestone and a safe space where we engaged one-on-one with community people, dialoguing on their attitudes towards the LGBTI and the bill.'

The AHB is still in the order paper of Parliament, and according to activists, 'only if the Bill is mentioned/programmed in the Business of Parliament or passed into law shall we encourage a fully fledged international outcry which can come in all forms.'

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