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DaParrot Series Part Two: Sexual Minorities Uganda; A Den of Hommos

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The National Bureau for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO Bureau) in January released a list of 26 NGOs which are suspected of promoting homosexuality in Uganda.

In our article published yesterday, we listed all these organizations and promised to undress one by one for the public to be cautious on which NGO they are dealing with.

On the NGO Bureau’s list is Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) a self proclaimed Gay Organization.

SMUG has on several occasions been at loggerhead with government on its operations and legal existence.

On August 5, 2022, government has through the NGO Bureau suspended the activities of SMUG.

Stephen Okello, the ED of the NGO Bureau said in a press statement that SMUG’s operations were halted on August 3, for not registering with the NGO Bureau which is contrary to sections 29 (1), 31(1), and 31 (2) NGO Act 2016.

“The NGO Bureau held engagements with SMUG on the 2 and 27th June 2022 to understand the legal status of the entity after a number of concerns were raised regarding the operations of SMUG,” reads part of the statement,

“The engagements established the following, 1. SMUG continues to carry out its operations although it is neither incorporated with Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) nor registered with the NGO Bureau,” it adds

“The NGO Bureau also engaged a number of stakeholders that SMUG was partnering with and established that the partners were not aware that SMUG was operating illegally,”

Okello said that it is against this background that the NGO Bureau has taken the decision to halt the operations of SMUG with immediate effect.

“The NGO Bureau calls upon the general public and all its stakeholders to take note of this decision,” it read.

In the Report, NGO Bureau said it summoned SMUG on 2nd and 27th June 2022, with a view of ascertaining their legal status and inquiring into the concerns raised. SMUG was represented by; Onyango Owor (Lawyer), Frank Mugisha (Advocate) and Pepe Onziema (Activist). 

“The NGO Bureau established that; (a) SMUG was operating illegally because it was neither incorporated with URSB nor registered with the NGO Bureau contrary to section 31(1) of the NGO Act, 201,” reads part of the Report. 

“It however emerged that SMUG had made an attempt to reserve its name with URSB in 2012 for incorporation purposes, however, the name was rejected on grounds of being undesirable,”  

“SMUG was operating in its own capacity and had partnerships with some Government institutions such as Ministry of Health, Uganda Human Rights Commission and Uganda Police,” it adds 

Basedd on the Report, the main objective of SMUG was to fight against discrimination of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons in Uganda, and 

“There was no reliable record of the actual physical location of SMUG and the representatives of SMUG were reluctant to disclose the same,” it adds.

In response to the allegations, Mugisha told DaParrot they they applied to the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) under the Section 18 of the companies Act, 2012, for the reservation of the name of the proposed company but they refused to register their organization.

“In a letter dated 16th February 2016, the URSB rejected the application to reserve the name ‘Sexual Minorities Uganda’ on the grounds that the name was “undesirable and un-registrable that the proposed company to be incorporated to advocate for the rights and wellbeing of Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer persons, which persons are engaged in activities labeled criminal acts under sec.145 of the Penal Code Act,” he said

He said that this decision was upheld by the High Court of Uganda.

“The refusal to legalize SMUG’s operations that seek to protect LGBTQ people who continue to face major discrimination in Uganda, actively encouraged by political and religious leaders was a clear indicator that the government of Uganda and its agencies are adamant and treat Ugandan gender and sexual minorities as second-class citizens,” he added

Last year, while at Nobe View Hotel in Ntinda, SMUG joined thee homosexuality personnel while launching the lezibica magazine.

SMUG reportedly recruit children in schools, Churches among others.

These are lured with deciet that the will get money hence engaging in this in-law act.

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