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Hurrah! Uganda prepares to rein in anti-gay anti-Aids agency

Logo of the Uganda Aids Commission

Logo of the Uganda Aids Commission

A Ugandan LGBTI rights activist who is close to the nation’s troubled fight against HIV/Aids was cheered by yesterday’s parliamentary report recommending a change for the Uganda Aids Commission — a change that he expects will be adopted through an amendment to the law that established that agency. Because of the sensitivity of the political situation, he remains anonymous here. He writes:

I am very happy that Parliament has put the country first by preparing to move  the homophobic and annoying Uganda Aids Commission (UAC) under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health.

Dr. David Kihumuro Apuuli (Faiswal Kasirye photo courtesy of The Monitor)

Dr. David Kihumuro Apuuli (Faiswal Kasirye photo courtesy of The Monitor)

UAC has been the headquarters of gay hatred in Uganda, especially under the reign of Dr. Kihumuro Apuuli, who led the UAC from 1999 to 2014.

UAC has been under the President’s Office, where anti-gay forces especially American Pastor Scott Lively and Stephen Langa, founder of the Family Life Network Uganda, have been abusing its proximity to the president.

Under Apuuli, the UAC oversaw a policy of deliberately allowing the disease burden of LGBTI people and sex workers to increase, claiming that they deserved to die because they were morally bankrupt. UAC has been a hub of gay hatred.

Anti-gay Pastor Scott Lively (Photo courtesy of Out.com)

Anti-gay Pastor Scott Lively (Photo courtesy of Out.com)

Now that the UAC is moving to the Ministry of Health, the government of Uganda can again fulfill its United Nations-endorsed obligation to protect its people and help them to achieve the highest attainable level of health. It also means America’s conservative anti-gay religious cult known as The Family  can no longer victimise us, because the government is now answerable.

As part of the change, Uganda’s Global Fund policy panel also will now be answerable to the Ministry of Health. In addition, disgusting power struggles between UAC and the Ministry of Health will be averted.

To celebrate this, a small dinner will be thrown on Monday next week. People  who have been obstructing the fight against HIV/Aids are not invited.

Related information about:

Stephen Langa (from Political Research Associates) — In March 2012, the New York Times reported that Langa had been indicted as one of four Ugandan co-conspirators in a U.S. federal lawsuit brought by Sexual Minorities Uganda, a human-rights advocacy group, against Massachusetts-based pastor Scott Lively.

Pastor Stephen Langa, executive director of Uganda's Family Life Network (Photo courtesy of Daily Monitor)

Pastor Stephen Langa, executive director of Uganda’s Family Life Network (Photo courtesy of Daily Monitor)

See also this blog’s March 2014 article “Ugandan anti-gay strategy: The war has barely begun.”

Kihumuro Apuuli (from this blog in the December 2015 article “Will anti-gay Ugandan derail Global Fund efforts?”)  — Apuuli, the former director general of the Uganda Aids Commission (UAC), reportedly will be named to the Global Fund board in Geneva. He is to represent Eastern and Southern Africa effective this year. The Global Fund, one of the primary supporters of the fight against HIV/Aids worldwide, has been working in recent years to dismantle the barriers that exclude LGBTI people from receiving adequate health care.  That effort could be derailed if an opponent of barrier-free health care becomes influential on the Global Fund board.

The Family (from National Public Radio and Harpers) — A “secretive fellowship of powerful American Christian politicians” that has “poured millions into [conservative and anti-gay]  ‘leadership development’ ” in Uganda.

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