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Ted

The question is why would someone be outed in the first place? Because they went public...and if they went public, then their homosexuality was no longer an issue of privacy and they can't sue for a violation of their privacy. You can't stage a play in front of the audience and ask them to close their eyes or mouths.

UnitedStatesofAfrica

It is a thing of the West and should in no way find roots in Africa. let us maintain and keep our culture, Africans should learn to stop copying everything the West does.

fearless

Dear mr Ndode,
I have read with much interest your article on homosexuality and i consider this piece of work to be an opinion and not a legality.When you talk of privacy i doubt if you understand that clause.You can not practice some in public and you called it privacy.In so far as what ever you disturbs the public, it no longer becomes private.
The order day a top United State Senetor Craig was arrested at the air port rest room for trying to seduce a male police officer who was not on duty to have annal sex with him.This is a typical situation of privacy in a bathroom.But what happened?he was arrested and put behind the bars for 10days.Guest what ,he resigned as a senetor and inpichment awaits him.So sir, we should copy such an example and we shall get rid of the currupt nature of our country.It is only then can we stand up and boast to the outside world
The Fearless (U S A)

DaDiceman

UnitedStatesofAfrica, homosexuality is a reality in Cameroon. The homosexuals in Cameroon are not imported, they are as Cameroonian as you. So relax you sad bigot, and let us all make sure there is a Cameroon team ready for the next Gay Football World Cup. It's a shame we didn't send a team to Buenos Aires this year. Let's make sure we win it the next time around by sending the strongest team we can put together.

Gay World Cup kicks off in Buenos Aires


Ian Mount in Buenos Aires
Monday September 24, 2007
The Guardian
Twenty-eight teams and about 480 players from Europe, Iceland, Australia, South America, the US and Canada descended on Buenos Aires at the weekend for the annual Gay World Cup, the first played in Latin America.
A decade-old championship run by the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA), this year's cup combines Argentina's love of the sport with Buenos Aires's arrival as a top gay travel destination.
The event will kick off today on six refurbished fields in the city's Parque Sarmiento. "It's got kind of a Mediterranean feel," said Bill White, 45, a Southwark Council employee and backup forward for the defending cup champions Stonewall FC. "They seem quite happy to have us. We have a little novelty value. But there's no raised eyebrows or scowls."
Buenos Aires has emerged as a gay destination through a mixture of planning and luck. An active nightlife and arts scene, a gay-friendly atmosphere signified by the city's 2002 approval of South America's first domestic partner law, and bargain prices caused by the 2002 peso devaluation put it on the gay travel map.
The Buenos Aires municipal website sells the concept of a gay-friendly city, where gay people are accepted but there are no "gay ghettos" like London's Soho or San Francisco's Castro district. "In Buenos Aires you can get European experience but at one-third the price," says Carlos Melia, founder of Pride Travel, the self-proclaimed first gay travel agency in Argentina. "And it's mixed. We don't have a gay neighbourhood."
According to a 2006 survey by Alfacrux, a tourism marketing consultancy headed by Hernán Lombardi, the national minister of tourism under former Argentine President Fernando de la Rúa, about 450,000 gay tourists come to Buenos Aires each year, 15% of the total.
"It seemed like a dream to bring the championship to a Latin American city, especially to Buenos Aires where football is so important," says Norberto Selasco, the Buenos Aires-born marketing director of the IGLFA.

Langai

Mr. or Ms. Nkumbe,
You are really the devil's advocate. The Penal Code does indeed draw sustenance from the Constitution (of 1996 or 1972?). I will not refer to any particular articles of the Constitution(s) by number but in a general sense. I think that there is a better case to be made for the Constitution and the Penal Code being used for better things in Cameroon than for enforcing the rights of same sex couples and practices. You will argue that you were writing from Buenos Aires where the gender-benders were doing their thing, therefore you limited your outing to defending their (gay) rights to do their thing in private under the protection of the Covenants which Cameroon has ratified.
Fine. But I think that the level of hardship faced by ordinary Cameroonians is such that issues like the one you raise here are best left out of the public domain. What comfort is it to a starving citizen to know that homosexuals have the right to challenge the Penal Code in its criminalisation of homosexual activities in Cameroon? Instead, the average Cameroonian would be interested to know that someone is pressing for the Constitution to be implemented to stop graft. There has been a provision in the Constitution about public officials being required to declare their assets before they enter office and when they leave office. The current Nigerian President gave a good example of the first phase of such a practice when he declared his assets after being sworn in. And in Cameroon? A Constitution that has been in place concurrently with an earlier Constitution provides for similar on the Cameroonian political scene. Did we see anyone from President (2004) or MPs (2007) declaring their assets? Never. Where is the Penal Code at this time accompanying non-declaration of assets with some punishment? During the just-ended elections, there was a whole lot of fraud perpetrated by government officials to secure a win for the ruling party. Even the Chairman of a political party went out campaigning on the day of the election itself, against the provisions of the electoral law and the Constitution and the Penal Code. Where is the advocate to take all these offenders (DOs, politicians) to task and charge them in a court of law? So spare us your advocacy. We have had enough of this chasing after shadows and leaving the substance of the debate out of sight.
Even if it came to charging your homosexuals, who will do it? These are filthy rich and famous/powerful people. So where will the poor stand before bringing them to court? Who will ever solve the riddle of the riddle of the young man who was sodomised and tortured(?) and thrown out of the window in the Hilton in August 2006? These and many other pertinent questions leave me in no doubt that your story is a digression because you must know deep down that those who practise homosexuality in Cameroon are above the law and they do not need your help to operate with impunity. The courts are in their pockets and your advocacy is of no use to them. Did you not hear that some government ministers were known as "mademoiselles" because they played the part of the female in those relationships? So keep your advocacy to yourself unless you are a practising homosexual and you are pleading for your kind who happen not to be in high office and are scared to face the law, if at all.
Langai

tbag

well homosexuality depends on the individual and anyone who has made up his mind to become one,fine and good.on the issue of punishing homosexual in Cameroon is off no use.let them be and it is their destiny.only the almighty God will judge.i see our legal system is not all that balance following the article 17 of the ICCPR which you will see below thus is as follows;a human rights instrument ratified by Cameroon does not only have the status of a binding international convention but also forms part of the constitution of Cameroon by virtue of the preamble. Cameroon ratified the ICCPR and its Optional Protocol in 1984. so if these act of homosexuality is practice in private,i see no need for any criminal sanction on the offenders because following the above article 17 of ICCPR,the law is to be in our constitution but our Legal system is applying the law is it ought to be,which is very wrong.we should implement the Law as it IS and not as it OUGHT to be.

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