Dr. Innocent Nkonwa, the Luweero District Health Officer, says the survey was conducted to find out the number of men that have sex with men MSN in the town and design strategies to curb HIV/AIDS infections.
At least 33 youths in Luweero district have confessed being involved in homosexuality, a study conducted by Luweero District Health Department and Makerere University School of Public Health has revealed. The affected youths are found in one of the town councils in Luweero district that the researchers decided to conceal to protect the identities of the respondents.
Homosexuality is punishable by law in Uganda. The respondents were identified through the snowball sampling technique, a nonprobability sampling technique where existing study subjects recruit future subjects from among their acquaintances. The survey was conducted in June this year.
Dr. Innocent Nkonwa, the Luweero District Health Officer, says the survey was conducted to find out the number of men that have sex with men (MSN) in the town and design strategies to curb HIV/AIDS infections. He says 33 men confessed having unprotected sex with several men, which exposed them to HIV infection.
Dr. Nkonwa says the findings are an eye opener to health officials that homosexuality exists in the district, which calls for specific strategies to extend services to those involve.
// Cue in: "But atleast….
Cue out:….access the service"//
//Cue in: "Bwetubeera nga…
Cue out….tebafuna kawuka"//
Local leaders blame the upsurge of homosexuality to youth unemployment and moral decay. Ishahak Mugema, the Luweero District Youths Councilor, blames the vice on unemployment, which has exposed the youths to recruitment by gay promoters.
Mugema asks government to streamline access to youths fund and open up factories to employ youths so that they are not attracted to such acts. Ssozi Bakisula, the Wobulenzi town Council LC V Councilor, says there is moral decay among youths, which have forced many into such acts.
// Cue in: " Nze ndowooza….
Cue out;….kufuna ssente"//
Ronald Ndawula, the Luweero LC 5 Chairman said he is yet to believe that there are people engaged in homosexuality in the area. Paul Kangave the Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson asked for time to comment on the survey.
According to section 145 of the penal code act, a person who has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature commits an offense and is liable to imprisonment for life.
Section 146 of the penal code act says that any person who attempts to engage in homosexuality also commits a felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.