Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga will tomorrow night be accorded a heroine’s welcome on her arrival from Canada where she has been attending the Inter-Parliamentary Union Summit.
Hon. Kadaga is expected to arrive in the country on monday 11pm at Entebbe International airport.
According to Bishop David Kiganda,a Pentecostal leader and chief organizer of the reception, Hon. Kadaga will be given this honor due to her courage to stand up against the Canadian Prime Minister who during the summit chided Uganda’s human rights record. He added that he expects Ugandans to turn up in big numbers to welcome the speaker.
During the IPU summit, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird criticized Uganda for it’s maltreatment of gays and lesbians to which Hon Kadaga who did not take the accusation lightly responded by labelling the minister “arogant” and “ignorant” and demanding he apologize.
“If homosexuality is a value for the Canadian people, that’s not a problem for us, that’s its issue, but one shouldn’t force Ugandans to accept homosexuality because we’re not Canadian citizens,” Kadaga said drawing applause from the audience.
Hon Kadaga’s actions have been received with great admiration from the Ugandan society that holds conservative views on issues concerning morality with many praising her for defending Uganda’s sovereignty.
In Uganda homosexuality is a crime therefore the speaker’s actions are viewed as bold earning her a heroine’s status.
Pastor Martin Ssempa, a renown anti-gay activist who has confirmed his presence tomorrow also lauded the speaker’s actions calling her a heroine. “Kudos to our Speaker, she is a Heroine, i will be there as early as 6pm” He said
The speaker’s anti gay spat is the latest fight she has put up against the vice. In march Hon. Kadaga told the nation of how she had blocked foreign gay activists from making homosexuality a matter of debate at the IPU conference that Kampala hosted early this year.
Uganda On Homosexuality
Despite the fact that Homosexuality in Uganda is illegal, in 2009 Ndorwa West MP David Bahati tabled a bill in parliament that would widen the criminalization of same-sex unions.
The bill among others proposed the inclusion of ‘aggravated homosexuality’ in which an offender would receive life imprisonment on conviction.
However, this bill drew protests from the international community with many western countries threatening to slash aid to Uganda forcing the government to ‘shelve’ it although the bill was re-introduced early this year.