Brit producer of gay play in Uganda held in jail

Date: 14-09-2012 7:19 am (9 years ago) | Author: Paddy Hayes
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 Associated Press/Stephen Wandera - David Cecil, the British producer of the play "The River and the Mountain" concerning the condition of Uganda's gays, stands in a court cell in the capital Kampala, Uganda Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Cecil appeared in court Thursday charged with "disobeying lawful orders" from the Uganda Media Council which says he staged "The River and the Mountain" in Uganda's capital last month despite orders to the contrary, and according to his lawyer was not released on bail because his passport, wanted by the magistrate, had been confiscated by the police. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera)
 
 
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The British producer of a play about being gay in Uganda is in jail pending his trial on charges that he had the work performed without official authorization.
 
David Cecil appeared in court Thursday charged with "disobeying lawful orders" from the Uganda Media Council, which says he staged "The River and the Mountain" in Uganda's capital last month despite orders to the contrary.
 
Cecil's lawyer, Francis Onyango, said his client was not released on bail because his passport, wanted by the magistrate, had been confiscated by the police.
 
Cecil told The Associated Press that the play, whose main character is a gay businessman who finally gets killed by his own employees, was performed eight times at little-known theaters in Kampala last month. The play, a first for Uganda, was praised by gay rights activists who said it was "revolutionary" in the way it provoked an examination of common thinking about gays. But the play failed to make it to Uganda's national theater, where producers rejected the script.
 
Homosegxwals are highly stigmatized in Uganda, where in 2010 a lawmaker with the ruling party introduced a bill proposing the death penalty for what he called "aggravated homosegxwality." The bill, which is now in committee, has been condemned by some world leaders. The bill's author says he still believes it will be passed one day.
 
Cecil, who faces two years in jail if convicted, said he was singled out for legal action because he had become the play's "public face," the man who printed posters and sent out invitations. The play was written by a British student of poetry named Beau Hopkins, who has not been targeted by the police.
 
The play took a tragicomic view of the condition of gays in Uganda, and its playwright and producers said that was the best way to look at things. The play's main character is a young businessman who loses friends and then gets murdered after revealing he's gay, the victim of machete-wielding colleagues stunned that "a good man" can be gay. The gay character's mother stages an epic but losing battle to "cure" him of his homosegxwality, taking him to everyone from a Christian pastor to a private dancer.
 
Cecil said at the play's premiere in Kampala that he did not believe the drama was "a magic pill" against raging homophobia in the East African country.
 



Posted: at 14-09-2012 07:19 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- winace at 14-09-2012 07:45 AM (9 years ago)
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It is abomination in most african countrie infact almost all africa countries exerpt south africa. So take ur play to ur Europe whr u practise all kind of evil.
Posted: at 14-09-2012 07:45 AM (9 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Neglito at 14-09-2012 12:11 PM (9 years ago)
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We must not allow them to turn Africa to ''United gay kingdom'' Why should a man prefer shit hole to a well lubricated warm punani?
Posted: at 14-09-2012 12:11 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- dickman2 at 14-09-2012 12:46 PM (9 years ago)
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very good ..mad people..
Posted: at 14-09-2012 12:46 PM (9 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- simele at 14-09-2012 01:01 PM (9 years ago)
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can this don in nigeria
Posted: at 14-09-2012 01:01 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- aso4life1 at 14-09-2012 01:12 PM (9 years ago)
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Crazy man, he still dey smile...see him mouth like pus sy.

Posted: at 14-09-2012 01:12 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- chicco77 at 14-09-2012 01:16 PM (9 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 14-09-2012 01:16 PM (9 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- dlimelite at 14-09-2012 01:22 PM (9 years ago)
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They're trying to bring Abominations to Africa. Nonsense. Let him enjoy his time in jail.
Posted: at 14-09-2012 01:22 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- dlimelite at 14-09-2012 01:23 PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: winace on 14-09-2012 07:45 AM
It is abomination in most african countrie infact almost all africa countries exerpt south africa. So take ur play to ur Europe whr u practise all kind of evil.
Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 14-09-2012 01:23 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- dlimelite at 14-09-2012 01:24 PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: Neglito on 14-09-2012 12:11 PM
We must not allow them to turn Africa to ''United gay kingdom'' Why should a man prefer sh*t hole to a well lubricated warm punani?
Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 14-09-2012 01:24 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- will0101 at 14-09-2012 01:28 PM (9 years ago)
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hahahahaha why dem no put this man for one cell alone?...kai!!! he go phyuk all the guys finish inside backyard
Posted: at 14-09-2012 01:28 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- dlimelite at 14-09-2012 01:45 PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: will0101 on 14-09-2012 01:28 PM
hahahahaha why dem no put this man for one cell alone?...kai!!! he go damn all the guys finish inside backyard
Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 14-09-2012 01:45 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- dlimelite at 14-09-2012 01:46 PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: aso4life1 on 14-09-2012 01:12 PM
Crazy man, he still dey smile...see him mouth like pus sy.
Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 14-09-2012 01:46 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- lanudja at 14-09-2012 01:49 PM (9 years ago)
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See him yeye face Angry Angry
Posted: at 14-09-2012 01:49 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- candela at 14-09-2012 02:24 PM (9 years ago)
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The uncivilized homophobic views here is really sad. Everyone is entitled to express their segxwal orientation as long as it does not infringe on the right of others.
Posted: at 14-09-2012 02:24 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- jamesbondchick at 14-09-2012 04:03 PM (9 years ago)
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Take your abomination back to its homeland, yeye oyinbo

Posted: at 14-09-2012 04:03 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- JossyKassy973 at 14-09-2012 05:20 PM (9 years ago)
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two years only is too short. it should have been 10 years.
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- orjiwolo at 14-09-2012 06:51 PM (9 years ago)
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no body is above the law. he was fully aware of the countrys stand on homosegxwality and went ahead to shoot the video
Posted: at 14-09-2012 06:51 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Amor1444 at 14-09-2012 08:01 PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: candela on 14-09-2012 02:24 PM
The uncivilized homophobic views here is really sad. Everyone is entitled to express their segxwal orientation as long as it does not infringe on the right of others.
Including breaking the law of the land?
Posted: at 14-09-2012 08:01 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- tumara at 14-09-2012 08:29 PM (9 years ago)
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they should jail him 4 life, una don destroy una country finish wit dis so call civilisation n human right bullsheet, na african una won bring am to
Posted: at 14-09-2012 08:29 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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