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MP Cecilia Ogwal Asks Youth to Reject Foreign Cultures

Ogwal sounded the caution, at the opening of the Fourth Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Africa Region Youth Parliament, no underway in Kampala. She warned that accepting foreign cultures, citing homosexuality, among others, would be selling the future of Africa.
Parliamentary Commissioner Cecilia Atim Ogwal addressing Commonwealth African Youth Delegates.
African youth must reject foreign cultures and traditions as they prepare to take up leadership positions on the continent, Parliamentary Commissioner and Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Atim Ogwal has said.

Ogwal sounded the caution, at the opening of the Fourth Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa Region) Youth Parliament, no underway in Kampala. She warned that accepting foreign cultures, citing homosexuality, among others, would be selling the future of Africa.

 "If you have started this homosexuality, it's not too late to stop it and preach to others to stop homosexuality," Ogwal said adding that "If we do not do this, then we will already have sold our future."

The Fourth Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa Region) Youth Parliament has attracted participants from 19 African Countries including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Uganda, among others.

The Youth Parliament is held under the theme: Securing a better future for Africa: Role of the Youth. It was officially opened on Sunday at Hotel Africana in Kampala, while other sittings will be held in the Parliament Chamber throughout the week.

Before being elected a Parliamentary Commissioner, Ogwal was the Opposition Chief Whip and one of Uganda's five representatives to the Pan African Parliament in South Africa and Africa, Caribbean, Pacific and European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

 

She said that as a member of the two international parliamentary bodies, she rejected calls by South Africa and European countries which said homosexuality was an expression of the rights of an individual. However, she said, the Europeans instead rejected polygamy in their countries.

 

"African countries are invaded by foreign cultures and traditions. They are forcing this on us and it is up to us to accept or reject this. When you come to leadership positions, you must know what is good and what is bad," she said.

 

Ogwal's statements on Homosexuality come amidst calls from a section of Members of Parliament for the re-tabling of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill which sought to criminalize same-sex relations in Uganda was passed in 2014 and later overturned by the Constitutional Court due to lack of quorum.