A petition has been started calling on Facebook to permanently delete a page that is used to out Ugandans who are gay or suspected of being gay and to block its creator.
The page, titled ‘Kampala Exposed: Rumor and Facts‘, has 1,561 followers and publishes unverified claims about people that range from them being womanisers to being gay.
Its creator, Ngenze Kwebaka, wrote that the page was started “to expose the rot in Uganda’s society, ranging from embezzlement, to corruption, cheating partners, con men, impostors, rapists, gays and so on”.
According to the Change.org petition, started by LGBT rights group Freedom and Roam Uganda, “This highly trafficked page is attempting to incite mob violence, firing, eviction and annihilation of named people in Uganda who are perceived to be gay – or rumored to be gay…”
The group adds: “This has resulted in disasters before; since the Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone exposed 100 people as gay in 2010, those people have lived in fear and many have been attacked, lost their jobs and had to be relocated.”
In one posting on the site, an individual is named and accused of being a “gay recruiter” who works “to recruit and deceive other young boys to join this horrible devilish act”.
A defiant Kwebaka has slammed the petition, insisted the page’s focus is not on homosexuals but against all the “rot” in Uganda.
“I am not here to fight homosexuality, I am here to expose and this is what I am doing. I expose stories that are sent to my inbox without fear of favor, yes, we do investigate a particular story so that we don’t publish those that are meant to malice,” stated Kwebaka.
To sign the petition, click here.