Uganda LGBTI community hold gay pride
Uganda’s LGBTI community has hosted its first gay pride event since last week's overturning of the nation’s Anti Homosexuality Act due to a technicality.
The rally was held in Entebbe, a town just outside Uganda’s capital of Kampala on Saturday. Over 100 members of the rainbow community took to the street to show their pride. The organiser of the event, an LGBTI activist Sandra Ntebi, said they had gained permission from the local police to stage the pride rally, which was by invitation only.
"This event is to bring us together. Everyone was in hiding before because of the anti-homosexuality law," Ntebi told The Guardian. "It is a happy day for all of us, getting together."
Uganda’s Constitutional Court overturned the Anti Homosexuality Act on August 1 after it was discovered the Act was passed without a parliamentary quorum.
The law had called for life sentences for those proven to be guilty of repeatedly practicing homosexuality and jail terms for those seen to be promoting homosexuality.
Howvever the celebrations may be short lived. Uganda MPs have lodged a petition against the overturning of the bill and Ugandan deputy attorney-general Fred Ruhinda confirmed government lawyers had lodged an appeal against the ruling with the supreme court.
"We are unsatisfied with the court ruling. The law was not intended to victimise gay people, it was for the common good,” Ruhinda said.