Brenda Namigadde at a London protest in
December 2009. (Pic: Brett Lock of OutRage!)
The author of the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda has said Uganda would welcome back an asylum-seeking lesbian if she “repents”.
Mambaonline reported recently that twenty nine year old Ugandan lesbian student Brenda Namigadde is facing imminent deportation back to her home country after living in the UK for eight years.
She has said that she fears for her life and expects to be persecuted on her return, a fear that could be well-founded.
Melanie Nathan, from Lezgetreal.com reported on Tuesday that she communicated with David Bahati, the MP behind the “kill the gays” bill pending in the Ugandan parliament, via Skype.
Bahati told Nathan that he was aware of Namigadde’s plight, that she should stop bad-mouthing her country and that she would be welcomed if she returned to Uganda as long as she “repented”.
“I asked what if she did not believe that she could repent? He affirmed then she would be tried as a criminal,” wrote Nathan, confirming the real possibility that the student would be targeted on her return.
Namigadde was photographed attending a demonstration against Bahati’s bill in London in December 2009.
“It was astounding to me that David Bahati would call to comment on this case and the very fact that he did is indicative of the danger that Brenda faces,” noted Nathan.
Bahati also told her that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill – which would further entrench the criminality of homosexually in Uganda and include the death penalty in certain cases – will come before parliament in the next few weeks.
A petition calling for the British Home Office to give Nathan asylum has been set up.