Dr Abed Bwanika has made headlines since unveiling an anti-LGBTI proposal that will tackle such social evils emphasizing that, “Uganda is no area for homosexuality”.
The 48-year-old veterinarian, politician and pastor, said that when elected president; he will establish a “moral re-correction centre” for “all homosexuals” in Uganda. “We cannot accept to be pushed into homosexuality by the West,” he said, as reported by the Daily Monitor.
“All homosexuals (in Uganda) will be rehabilitated because they have demons and we have specialists to chase out demons,” he stated.
The election of Feb. 18, 2016, will mark the third presidential bid by Bwanika, who won the support of less than 1 percent of Ugandan voters during his two previous campaigns, in 2006 and 2011.
Sesange, director of the London-based African LGBTI organization Out and Proud Diamond Group, stated in response to Bwanika:
“It is very unfortunate that a person aspiring to become the next president of all the people of Uganda, including LGBTI, can completely divert from the facts. It is so cheap of him to misguide the voters that homosexuality is being imposed on Uganda by the West. This is poor interpretation of Ugandan history, which is very clear. The West brought homophobia, not homosexuality, to Uganda.
“It is a deliberate poor judgement on his side to claim that LGBTI people are demonic and can be rehabilitated. We request him to base his political campaign on facts not propaganda.
“Uganda as a nation has many issues that need to addressed during this Presidential campaign, like poverty, health care, education sector, unemployment, among others. It will be beneficial to Pastor Abed to challenge these issues rather than making shameful comments towards LGBTI Ugandans.
“I call upon fellow Ugandans and the world at large to distance themselves from promoters of hate campaigns towards innocent Ugandans, including LGBTI people.”
Bwanika made his remarks during the campaign launch last week, shortly after his renomination as the presidential candidate of his opposition party, the People’s Development Party.
He also proposed changing the nation’s capital, cutting the time students spend in school, increasing teachers’ pay, increasing the budget for agriculture, investigating unqualified government officials, using money from the Ugandan diaspora to boost the national budget, and renaming all Ugandan roads, lakes and parks in honor of Ugandans who have contributed to the country’s development.