JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine’s remarks about homosexuals has drawn mixed views from Ugandans on social media.
While appearing on South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) on Wednesday, Bobi Wine said whereas he does not agree with homosexuals, he respects their rights.
“I believe that one has the responsibility of guarding the rights of all citizens of those who are like you and those that are not like you. I believe that as a leader, a high level of tolerance is required to make sure the nation comes together,” Bobi Wine said.
He is in South Africa for the Freedom Foundation Africa’s ‘Africa Freedom Award ceremony 2019’ due on Friday, December 6.
Bobi Wine’s remarks have since drawn mixed views, with some supporting him and others condemning him.
Lubega Nicholas said: “Yes if you want to change someone you don’t run away from that person but rather you get close to that person. He doesn’t support but respect their rights which is okay. I think we can change them through God and consistent prayers but not isolating them but rather showing them the right way. This country can be a better place if we put it in the hands of the Lord.”
David Diz wrote: “What a contradicting statement, Now which rights. That’s respecting the evil deeds, wake up man.
Joyce Babirye wrote: “Reading is for everyone but understanding is for the few. I think if Bobi said he doesn’t support it but respect their rights is not evil. Because If he doesn’t support it there is no way he will allow it in Uganda. Let’s not comment with hatred but rather pick a point or truth of what one has said.”
Ree Chard said: “When I heard such a statement today morning, I decided to quit people power and jumped out of the wagon. Someone is leading ignorant excited youths to hell in a handbasket. True colors are coming out. Maybe he had to say that to impress the sponsors. Col. Besigye, please allow me to come back home. I cannot accept to be sodomised. The question was simple that required a simple answer other than saying mbu you will tolerate gays.”
Semakula Lydia said: “The most sensitive question in the world today is about LGBT. This guy was so smart to answer the way he did. Some of you here criticizing him are using your emotions to think. One of the reasons for Zimbabwe’s downfall was because of these emotional ideologies. The world would be a better place if we learn to respect each one’s decisions.”
Tumuhimbise Ronald said: “For me I usually tell my friends that Bobi Wine is popular but he is not intelligent and he lucky good advisors and he usually makes a lot of mistakes when he is at international TV shows he only talks about Museveni, Museveni must go instead of talking about insue like health, poverty, Grambling of people’s land Insecurity but he only talks about Museveni until the show ends.”
Bwanika Hassbwan wrote: “I can finally now come to a conclusion and know that indeed Museveni is one of the bravest and prestigious president Uganda has ever had, Museveni stood out and condemned this when the whole wide world was watching, Uganda belongs to Jesus.”
Candiga Vincent said: “We all don’t Agree with Museveni but We respect Him because he is the president. He does not agree with guys but respect their rights because they are human and the have Human rights too.”
Asher Namanya said: “Gays are supposed to be Stoned to death and that’s final. There is nothing like I respect them. If we find them in Uganda we shall simply stone them to death. The statement of Bobi Wine shows He is naive and a supporter of the Gays. Let those who support them carry them the same Judgment as Gays. Show who you walk with and I tell who you are.”
Emmy Chain wrote: “Bobi does not support Museveni but he respects him as a human! If the two met, they will shake hands and probably share a word and a smile. That’s exactly what Bobi’s answer means in regard to gays. Gotta have respect even for your enemies. Do ya’ll remember when Bebe Cool and Bobi shook hands with a smile at Serena during Kenzo’s show?? That’s exactly the point.”
Kiggwe Makubuya said: “I am not a supporter of Bobi, but I think he was right to answer that way. What his answer implies is that he knows there are gay people in Uganda, among us, some of whom we know, but we are not the ones to judge them. Let us leave that to God. It is a choice they took and will be answerable in the eyes of.”