British producer of Uganda’s first gay-themed play faces two years in jailBottom Highlights, Online Only Sunday, September 9th, 2012
David Cecil, producer of “The River and the Mountain,” a play said to have been created to spark conversations about homosexuality in the African nation of Uganda, has drawn the ire of that country’s law-enforcement officials and higher-ups in government, as well as in the powerful church leadership there. The various parties’ displeasure at Cecil’s production of the “The River and the Mountain” in Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal, has already rendered legal charges against the producer. Simply being gay, as well as acting upon ones homosexual nature are equally illegal in Uganda).
Radio Netherlands (RN) is reporting that Cecil may be looking at two years in jail for producing the play. ‘The River and the Mountain” ran August 17-23 in a small cultural centre in Kampala managed by Cecil and his girlfriend, RN reports. Cecil has been charged for ignoring an advance warning from the Uganda Media Council that the play was not to be staged until official “clearance” was obtained. The warning was issued August 16, just 24 hours before the play premiered.
Media Council ruled days later that the play could not be staged because parts of the production “implicitly promote homosexual acts”, which “are contrary to the laws, cultural norms and values of Uganda,” according to AllAfrica.com.
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