Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa has directed the Committee on Education and Sports to comprehensively investigate a thread of alleged homosexual practices in Ugandan schools and report back to the House.
In his communication during Tuesday plenary, Tayebwa said the country is concerned about the increasing cases of homosexuality and lesbianism in schools.
“These schools are now recruitment centres; some of these children and their parents are dying in silence. We need the Committee on Education to look into this matter and we find solutions,” the Deputy Speaker said.
“This cannot go on like this. Some of the boys in a certain school fear moving in the night for fear of being sodomised” he added. The deputy speaker’s directive follows repeated public outcry and social media pictures that depicted the practice in some schools.
Reacting to Deputy Speaker’s stance on homosexuality allegation, Workers’ MP Charles Bakkabulindi, said that some NGOs are involved in the promotion of LGBTQI activities in schools.
"These NGOs use teachers in these big schools to recruit the students into these activities. We need to curb this," he said.
Sarah Opendi, the Tororo District Woman MP commended Tayebwa for the directive and said Parliament must provide leadership in the fight against LGBTQ activities.
“We should not shy away from this; we have a motion which we want in this House and we come up with recommendations on how to move forward,” she said, urging Police and the Judiciary to stand firm against this vice. Late last year, Tayebwa tasked the government to start funding all religious institutions across the country as one of the ways to fight homosexuality and abortion.
“We can start these discussions and agree on a formal way with the religious leaders on how much the government can give them to support their activities. With this, we shall cut off donors and evil people promoting homosexuality and abortion in our Church,” Tayebwa said.