Uganda challenger Bobi Wine supports gay rights

Popular singer and Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine (Robert Kyagulanyi) this week spoke out in defense of LGBT rights, an issue that divides Ugandan voters.


From the African Human Rights Media Network


Bobi Wine (Photo courtesy of The Christian Science Monitor)

PMI Daily reported on Wine’s statement:

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine’s remarks about homosexuals has drawn mixed views from Ugandans on social media.

While appearing on South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) on Wednesday, Bobi Wine said whereas he does not agree with homosexuals, he respects their rights.

“I believe that one has the responsibility of guarding the rights of all citizens of those who are like you and those that are not like you. I believe that as a leader, a high level of tolerance is required to make sure the nation comes together,” Bobi Wine said.

He is in South Africa for the Freedom Foundation Africa’s ‘Africa Freedom Award ceremony 2019’ due on Friday, December 6.

These are a few people’s remarks about Wine’s statement, as reported by PMI Daily:

“When I heard such a statement today morning, I decided to quit People Power [Wine’s political movement] and jumped out of the wagon. Someone is leading ignorant excited youths to hell in a handbasket. True colors are coming out.”

“The most sensitive question in the world today is about LGBT. This guy was so smart to answer the way he did. Some of you here criticizing him are using your emotions to think. One of the reasons for Zimbabwe’s downfall was because of these emotional ideologies. The world would be a better place if we learn to respect each one’s decisions.”

“Gays are supposed to be Stoned to death and that’s final. There is nothing like I respect them. If we find them in Uganda we shall simply stone them to death. The statement of Bobi Wine shows He is naive and a supporter of the Gays. Let those who support them carry them the same Judgment as Gays.”

“I am not a supporter of Bobi, but I think he was right to answer that way. What his answer implies is that he knows there are gay people in Uganda, among us, some of whom we know, but we are not the ones to judge them. Let us leave that to God. It is a choice they took and will be answerable in the eyes of.”

This is a video of Wine’s 45-minute interview with SABC:

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