COMEDIAN George Mulindwa- alias Afande Kerekere- was officially initiated into the gay community in, er, a colourful event in London over the weekend.
The event was attended by hundreds of people from across Africa especially Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon and Namibia.
The huge party, held at Gay Pub (Soho) 30 Old Compton St, London WID 4 UR, was to officially welcome Afande Kerekere to OPAL.
OPAL refers to Out and Proud African LGBTI, an association that connects London based African homosexuals.
Over the weekend, Kerekere officially joined the group, even parading his alleged lover.
Little is known about this alleged lover though sources tell us he is from Namibia.
According to the source, Kerekere has been staying with this fella ever since his sugar mummy threw him out sometime in January.
Comedian Afande Kerekere came out recently to declare his sexual orientation, a development that become a public issue of discussion.
Fans were left in shock after pictures of the comedian donning homosexual wear were plastered all over a prominent gay group.
And now rumors have been flying around that the comedian lost his previous jobs at his work places, Bukedde TV and Galaxy FM after management discovered his little secret.
Days ago, London based gay group, Out & Proud Africa LGBTI (OPAL), urged Ugandans to stop discrimination against sexual minorities.
“Loads of Ugandan social media bloggers have come out to castigate our friend Afande Kerekere. Directing homophobic slurs towards him, and some arewishing him dead.
Many are blatantly lying that he spoke to them about his sexuality. This Saturday 8th Feb, in London West End, Afande Kere Kere shall shine a light on who he is, and why he is in London and indeed refutes the porkies on the social media. Join us and hear from the man himself,” the statement read.
“We are the Children of the rainbow flag, we are Kuchus around and proud, no one is going to stop us, we are here to stay, we are moving forward!!! #Weexist #nigeria #uganda #england,” the statement concluded.
For the past few years the list of gay Ugandans has been growing.
Activists estimated in 2007 that the Ugandan LGBT community consisted of 500,000 people. Both male and female homosexual activity is illegal in Uganda.
Under the Penal Code, “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” between two males carries a potential penalty of life imprisonment.
The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014 was passed on 17 December 2013 with a punishment of life in prison for “aggravated homosexuality”.
The law brought Uganda into international spotlight, and caused international outrage, with many governments refusing to provide aid to Uganda anymore.
In August 2014, the Uganda Constitutional Court annulled the law. LGBT people continue to face major discrimination in Uganda, actively encouraged by political and religious leaders. Violent and brutal attacks against LGBT people are common, often performed by state officials. Households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples. Same-sex marriage has been constitutionally banned since 2005.
Homosexual relations were accepted and commonplace in pre-colonial Ugandan society.
The British Empire introduced laws punishing homosexuality when Uganda became a British colony. These laws were kept after independence.
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