Uganda’s Rolling Stone continues “Hang Them” campaign (Photos)

Update: According to the BBC, a Ugandan judge has ordered the Rolling Stone to stop outing gays.

Giles Muhame, editor of the two-month-old Rolling Stone paper, told the AFP news agency that he would defy the ban.

“We will publish more pictures but in a diplomatic way, so that we can dodge the law,” he said.

On his Facebook page, editor Giles Muhame said this about the court ruling:

I have heard on grapevine that Kampala high court today afternoon issued an injunction barring the mighty Rolling Stone from publishing information that could lead to the identification of homosexuals…..the newspaper has already achieved its objective….By the way this means we can write about homosexuality but not …identify them….ok, understood…we are law abiding citizens….

I have obtained some screen shots of the Rolling Stone which continues the “hang the gays” campaign in Uganda. I am going to publish them first and then add commentary through the morning. Some cannot be published without heavy editing since they include pictures and names.

Click the next image to read an interview done by Oral Roberts University Board of Reference member, Martin Ssempa, with a young girl he continues to promote as an ex-lesbian. Ssempa told his former benefactor Canyon Ridge Christian Church that he disapproved of the “hang the gays” campaign but now he appears in the Rolling Stone again. I asked Rolling Stone editor Giles Muhame about his pastor’s (Ssempa) stated diapproval of the first “hang the gays” issue, and he did declined to answer. He did however, say that Ssempa had given them an interview. Two credible sources in Uganda have told me that both Giles Muhame and Cliff Abenaitwe attend Ssempa’s Makerere Community Church.

The next image is a lead article which looks like it could come from the Family Research Institute. In fact, the article titled, “More Homos Faces Exposed” quotes Paul Cameron’s lifespan articles. It also cites a “reliable source” saying that the stalled Anti-Homosexuality Bill will be passed when Uganda becomes an oil producer.


 Human rights groups in Uganda are trying to limit or halt the paper’s activities. Today or tomorrow a Uganda court is expected to hear an application for the paper to cease publishing. Managing editor Cliff  Abenaitwe told me in an email that he expects to prevail, saying

As regards the pending court case, its an application by a human rights group requesting court to order this People’s favourite political news paper from publishing more pictures of homosexuals in Uganda but as i stated above it is an application but court is yet to decide. nevertheless, its a matter of time till court decides in our favour because there is nothing wrong with what we are writing.

Click the image above to read Managing Editor Giles Muhame’s defense for this outing campaign. I have blocked out most of the pictures and descriptions of the men outed here. The remainder of the images I have are similar to these.

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  • Michael Bussee

    1 November 2010: Uganda’s Rolling Stone paper told to stop outing gays

    A judge in Uganda has ordered the local Rolling Stone newspaper to stop publishing the names and photographs of people it says are homosexual. The judge granted a request by gay rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda (Smug). The group says some homosexual people were attacked after a previous issue.

    Homosexual acts are illegal in Uganda but last year an MP introduced a bill which would mean some gay people could face the death penalty. Giles Muhame, editor of the two-month-old Rolling Stone paper, told the AFP news agency that he would defy the ban.

    “We will publish more pictures but in a diplomatic way, so that we can dodge the law,” he said. He says he is trying to protect Ugandans from those seeking to “recruit children to homosexuality”.

  • Michael Bussee

    A rumor is being circulated that the Bill has passed. I cannt imagine this is true. Is there any reliable news of this?

  • Lynn David

    Well, I can possibly imagine what Ssempa has against HIVOS-Netherlands. HIVOS is a humanist organization which attempts to fight HIV/AIDS no matter the sexuality of the person and thus seeks to deny the taboos, prejudice and misinformation, which get in the way of that mission. Since Ssempa does not consider gays or lesbians worth of any such aid he’s included them here.


    I wonder how RFSL (Sweden) manages to get into his purview. They are a more localized organization in northern Sweden.


    I cannot find an “International Institute for Initiatve” although there are several “Youth Initiatives” some associated with church groups. The International Youth Initiative is a Christian-based ministry/organization. There is one “Youth Initiative” associated with the Open Society Foundations (a Soros-funded organization) but it deals mainly in creating debates among youth and also aiding young photojournalists. I guess that could include debate on gay issues. Their project in Uganda is characterized as a ‘pilot project.’ It could be that they did fund such a conference as described in Ssempa’s story.


    Front Line Defenders is a human rights organization out of Ireland with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk, people who non-violently work for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And as Maazi has incessantly told us that doesn’t include any rights based on sexuality, so what would Ssempa have against them? Front Line aims to address the protection needs identified by human rights defenders themselves; perhaps they have take a gay or lesbian activist out of harms way at one time or another? And indeed Front Line has been involved in that manner. Front Line has said that: “The proposed ‘Anti-Homosexuality’ Bill introduces harsher penalties for homosexuality, which is already criminalised in Uganda, and imposes severe limitations on the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. The bill threatens the existence of human rights organisations working on sexual minorities issues as well as the safety and liberty of human rights defenders and civil society activists.” No doubt Ssempa sees the issue otherwise.


    The ASTRAEA Foundation is more correctly the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. “The Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice works for social, racial and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. Our grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights.” They support programs and policies that strive to eliminate oppression based on race, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic exploitation, physical and mental ability, anti-Semitism, and other such factors. In Uganda they have supported both Freedom and Roam Uganda (FAR-UG of Kampala, Uganda) through their International Fund Panel in the amount of $10,000, and Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG of Kampala, Uganda) through their Emergency Fund in the amount of $5,000 and a Movement Resource Fund in the amount of $2,500. Not quite the extraordinary amounts some have claimed.


    BTW…. currently 500,000 Ugandan Shillings is about US$220. Dang expensive.

  • Lyndon

    It is interesting that, on his Facebook page, Giles Muhame lists himself as ‘Interested in Women & Men’. Could this be another case of a homophobe who is himself ‘confused’ about his sexuality? (Such hypocrisy seems widespread, especially in Africa…)

  • Dev R.

    This is really unbelievable in this day and age. Do the people in Uganda think that are still in the dark ages. One is born gay – not made gay. So what is all this nonsense about recruiting people to become gay ! This is really quite ridiculous and I would have thought that in a well-educated country like Uganda (I have worked there many times – Entebbe, Kampala and Jinja. The Ugandans are polite, well-educated and hard-working people.

    Please folks EVERYONE has a right to live their lives the way THEY want to and should not be told how to live. This is the 21st century !!!!

  • Maazi NCO

    This is really unbelievable in this day and age. Do the people in Uganda think that are still in the dark ages. One is born gay – not made gay.

    Thats one bogus claim ! There is absolutely no CREDIBLE scientific evidence to support that nonsensical assertion. There is no gay gene. If rejecting a highly dangerous sexual lifestyle —-which renders one susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS and stranger diseases such as rectal gonorrhea—-makes us backward in the Western-centric eyes,then we prefer to be citizens of a nation “in the dark ages”. BTW, when will the UK and USA lift their ban on gays donating their risky blood to hospitals? I mean they have to lift the ban so that they would be in the “enlightened age”—Right?

    The Ugandans are polite, well-educated and hard-working people.

    At least we agree on this

    Please folks EVERYONE has a right to live their lives the way THEY want to and should not be told how to live. This is the 21st century !!!!

    That is your own opinion. Every nation has right to regulate certain types of human behaviour. Germany, Austria and Czech Republic have their legal restrictions on freedom of expression with regards to the Holocaust. Most Western nations criminalize consenting polygamists in the name of fighting bigamy. In Uganda and most of Africa, gay acts is a criminal offence.

  • Emirjame

    Maazi NCO apparently didn’t learn in school that most HIV is transmitted through heterosexual relationships & also doesn’t seem to know that not only Africans cannot donate blood in the West, but people who have been in Africa are also excluded.