Pastor Martin Ssempa
One of the leading advocates of the horror Ugandan anti-gay bill has threatened a boycott of South African businesses should the appointment of homophobe Jon Qwelane as ambassador to Uganda be reversed.
In a statement published by the Independent newspaper in Uganda, Pastor Martin Ssempa urges President Jacob Zuma “not to jeopardise Uganda/South African relations” by cancelling Qwelane’s mooted appointment as High Commissioner to Uganda.
Describing Zuma’s decision as “wise”, Ssempa urges the president “not [to] listen to the homosexual extremists who are demanding that you disqualify him…”
He adds: “We would like to say that Mr. Jon Qwelane[’s] views of understanding the importance of a traditional family are in tandem with Uganda’s society where sodomy is a crime against the order of nature.
“South Africa needs an envoy who understands Uganda’s societal views, and does not place the expansion of sodomy as the top agenda of his foreign policy. Therefore the cancelling of Mr. Jon Qwelane[’s] appointment due to pressure of homosexuals in South Africa threatens the delicate and good relationships between Uganda and South Africa.”
In the statement, Ssempa openly threatens South African corporate interests. “The de-selection of Mr. Jon Qwelane and sending to Uganda someone who pleases the homosexual groups in South Africa threatens the good social standing of these companies in light of our nation’s values. You need to carefully weigh what is South Africa’s strategic interest in our nation and region. Is it business or sodomy?
“Cancelling Mr. Jon Qwelane[’s] appointment and sending someone else due to the pressure of the homosexuals will trigger a widespread civil society protest which stands to affect the South African businesses in Uganda. This may include the boycotting of your businesses as a means of sending our message across,” he writes.
Ssempa has been a fervent supporter of the proposed anti-gay legislation before Uganda’s parliament, actively promoting the bill to the public and politically lobbying for its passing. He was recently criticised for showing explicit sexual imagery, including depiction of extreme fetishes between men, during a press conference to rally support against homosexuality.
Qwelane, who has is facing charges in the Equality Court for writing a homophobic article in the Sunday Sun in 2008, has not yet been officially appointed by President Zuma but an announcement is expected soon.