By Ambrose Kweronda
A section of voters in Kisoro Municipality, Kisoro District on Monday staged a peaceful protest demanding their area Member of Parliament, Hon Eng. Paul Kwizera Bucyana, to resign for co-signing a minority report that sought to block the passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2023.
Parliament on March 21 passed the controversial Bill, introducing tough penalties, including death for aggravated homosexuality, as well as imprisonment of up to 20 years for acts of homosexuality, promoting homosexuality, child grooming and promotion of homosexuality.
The demonstrators who on Monday marched along Kisoro streets carrying placards with words ‘We are not Homosexuals’, ‘Kisoro Municipality MP must resign!!, ‘For us we believe in the Bible’, later gathered at Seseme playground in Kisoro municipality and threatened to initiate a process to kicking Mr Bucyana out of the House, accusing him of misrepresenting them.
George Christopher said that Our MP angered us by signing against Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Right now, I have two wives; should I send them away and marry my fellow man
Other demonstrators accused the MP of not representing their interests, saying they never hear or see him debating on the floor of Parliament but they were surprised to learn that he was among the legislators who co-signed the minority report
Ms Peace Nshuti, another demonstrator said If you vote a leader, it means he or she should lobby services for electorates. We don’t have electricity, safe water. We made a loss by sending Hon Paul Kwizera to Parliament.
Hon Paul Kwizera while talking with our reporter on phone interview on Monday 27th March 2023 said that, the demonstrators are being used by my political opponents to spoil my political career. I will soon go on radio stations in Kisoro town and explain exactly what happened.