A 65 year old grandmother in Mukono is homeless after her house was razed by unknown attackers.
Saudah Mukalazi has lived on the property in Ngandu village, Mukono District since the 70’s. She has cultivated the land for subsistence. She was shocked to come back from last funeral rites to find her house razed to the ground.
While appealing for help, Saudah Mukalazi, who appeared at a loss of words, has a hint on the perpetrators. She tells this website that for several years, she and her family has been recipient of threats to leave the village.
This was after one of her sons, Moses Ntambi, was accused of committing an abomination. Ntambi, a former teacher and Red Cross volunteer in the area was accused of spreading homosexuality to school going pupils. He has since fled but hasn’t stopped the community for hounding her.
“I was away attending last funeral rites but when I came back, people were gathered at what used to be my home. I was just told that young men with iron bars, axes and other tools razed my home acting on ‘orders from above’
“The area chief, who was among those present, assured me that it was time to leave the area, and even challenged me to report to Police,” she narrates.
She further says that ever since her son was singled out as a recruiter, the homestead has never known peace.
“My son, the sole bread winner was expelled from school over queer claims. He was once beaten by a mob. They claimed parents had withdrawn their children from the school following his actions. When I reported to Police, I wasn’t helped,” She says.
She admits she lives in an intolerant neighborhood where people can kill if you are suspected of the vice.
Saudah’s home is not far from where David Kato was buried. One of Uganda’s most prominent gay rights activists, he was murdered in his home in 2011 weeks after winning a court victory over a tabloid that called for homosexuals to be killed.
David Kato, the advocacy officer for Sexual Minorities Uganda, was bludgeoned to death in Mukono.
Ever since president Museveni signed the anti-gay bill, which punishes homosexual sex; many activists are in hiding or have fled.