roadbikeRob saidUganda is just a typical third world, isolated African country where sick, violent things like this are commonplace. If they are not trying to kill off the gays, then they are trying to kill their own children. This is just disgusting.
Let's look at the evidence: "The number of people killed in ritual murders last year rose to a new high of at least 15 children and 14 adults, up from just three cases in 2007, according to police. The informal count is much higher - 154 suspects were arrested last year and 50 taken to court over ritual killings."
Population of Uganda - 32 million people.
Commonplace? Because sick and violent things don't happen to kids in the developed world?
A few more details to provide context - there are parts of Uganda that have historically been less stable than the rest of Uganda with the LRA, in Northern Uganda as an example, often kidnapping kids to use as soldiers in their "resistance" (who was basically a crazy charismatic leader) that would hide in the DRC. So while there is some dramatic rise from 3 to 15 actual cases, I would guess that it's also a function less of increased 'witch doctors' but just greater reporting as a result of greater stability.
While the bill is unfortunate and stupid, in context, the penalties in Muslim countries often is the death penalty with honor killings. I also suspect that this will be another legislation that will be largely ignored from enforcement (as are a lot of laws in Uganda) if it can even get passed. The best solution is better education, assistance less in money but laws and property rights and encouraging political stability. Gay (and minority) rights will come in Uganda - a lot faster as these countries develop.