This week, chaos erupted at National Theatre in Kampala as Police raided the packed-house mostly of gay people in protest to a show that being staged at the theater.
Three prominent Ugandan musicians made a bold move when they staged and featured in a drama show by the Talented Ugandan Kuchus (TUK) advocating for the rights of homosexuals on Wednesday.
Prominent dancer and musician Michael Kasaija, Grace Nakimera and Cindy Sanyu shocked a few curious people who turned up for the free-entrance show when they performed in semi-nude choreographed dances that had girls dressed like men and men dressed like women.
Concerned about the content and the message in the show titled; “Lightening the Shadows” the management of the National Theatre and stakeholders stormed the stage and announced they could not allow it to continue.
But as the management dimmed the lights and ordered everyone to match out, the full house audience, most of them believed to have been gay sympathizers shouted and refused to get out.
Godfrey Lule, the Public Relations Officer of National Theatre told the press that Michael Kasaija, who booked for the show and was behind all the arrangements, duped the Theatre’s Quality Assurance Team last Saturday by not showing them the full contents of the show in the rehearsal.
“Kasaija did not show us the video as well as the dances. And looking at the cast in the show who include prominent musicians like Nakimera, it never crossed our minds that the show would comprise gay stuff which obviously contravenes our mandate as the Uganda National Cultural Centre,” said Lule.
He added, “But after we sensed that the message was evidently about gay rights, so we decided to act and stopped it.”
However, leading Ugandan gay rights activist, Frank Mugisha, confirmed the show is ‘educative’ about homosexuality. He said that people should not be discriminated against because of what they wear or how they look.
Mugisha says he has submitted the script of the play to government for review so that it can be staged across the country. He was grateful for the Dutch and American governments for their support, saying that President Obama’s electoral victory in America was a major boost for the gay community worldwide.