Deputy speaker worried over rising cases of homosexuality in schools

for Tv47 Digital January 25, 2023, 12:10 PM
Uganda Parliament worried over homosexuality in schools

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  • During a plenary session on Tuesday, January 24, Teyabwa said that he had received “painful” stories regarding same sex relationships in learning institutions.

The Deputy Speaker of Ugandan Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa, has raised concerns over the rising cases of homosexuality in schools.

During a plenary session on Tuesday, January 24, Teyabwa said that he had received “painful” stories regarding same sex relationships in learning institutions.

“Colleagues, I am getting painful, gruelling stories. When you talk to doctors, you again know how deep it is. Many of the people are dying in silence but it seems our schools have been penetrated completely. Not only schools, it seems recruitment centres are very open. It is extremely painful. We are not completely in charge of our children,” he said during the plenary.

He added: “I talked to one student personally and he told me that in one of their schools, you cannot move around in the compound at night. He is from a male school, one of the prominent male schools. He told me that, 'you fear being grabbed and sodomised'.”

Consequently, Tayebwa now wants Parliament’s Committee on Education to probe the matter with speed and report back to the House with its findings.

“The moment you finish our children, we no longer have anything. We hope [the response from the Education Committee] can be quick and we see how best to work or support the government whether to include more funding, patrolling all these entities to re-tool, do whatever we can to ensure that we save humanity and our country,” he said.

On her part, Tororo District Woman MP Sarah Opendi blamed the government for allowing Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that promote same sex relationship to operate in a "Godly country like Uganda".

“The Ministry of Gender has been following up on these matters. There is a matter in court regarding the Sexual Minorities Uganda [but] even courts are being threatened. The case cannot progress.”

Tayebwa said he would do further consultations to see how to best to guide on the matter.

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