Ugandan Tabloid Accuses Football Manager Of “Sodomising” Player

A tabloid in Uganda is accusing a top official with the country’s football team of having sex with a player, and has run photos to “prove” it.

A photo in today’s issue of Red Pepper depicts Chris Mubiru, manager of the Cranes, supposedly having sex with an unnamed man. The headline, which ran across the entire paper, reads, “Smoked Out! Uganda Cranes boss nabbed sodomising players – Shocking pictures inside.”

Gay Star News reports:

The photos detailed the alleged sexual acts with captions designed to outrage the country’s conservative population: ‘MASTER AT WORK: Mubiru nails the boys butt’, ‘shafting’ and ‘hurting the boy’, to finally ‘END GAME: The boy struggles to stand up after the bum shattering session.’

The alleged ‘young player’ was not identified nor could the validity of the pictures be ascertained.

Accusations of homosexuality against political enemies are common in Uganda, which is set to vote on a draconian anti-gay law any day now. And Red Pepper has used gay scandals to sell papers and spark outrage in the past: In 2006, the rag published the names of prominent Ugandan men suspected of being gay, leading to violence against those cited.

It’s possible the photos of Mubiri published today are actually from a 2010 incident, in which he was accused of giving a top player an unrequested massage:

Having worked his socks off in the first of two training sessions that then national team coach Mohammed Abbas had lined up on the day, David Kalungi decided to spend the afternoon roosting in his room at the Nelson Mandela Stadium’s guesthouse.

Unknown to Kalungi, someone had allegedly crept into his room. As the pint-sized midfielder sprawled on his bed with his face fronting the mattress, he felt someone apparently massage his rear. Kalungi didn’t like what was transpiring, and so he quickly got up to tell off whoever was massaging his rear.

Kalungi claims that the man who was massaging his rear was a one Chris Mubiru, a maverick character who has struggled to fend off gay inferences in Ugandan football.


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  • Ste

    If it’s so disgusting, why are they enticing readers to look at the pictures?

  • jwrappaport

    @Ste: Shakespeare already spoke to this in Hamlet: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” They’re publishing it to sell papers – both to the general public there who thinks this is a juicy story, and to the most vocal of homophobes eager to jerk off to the cover when no one’s looking.

  • viveutvivas

    Hmm, hot.

  • InscrutableTed

    @jwrappaport: “Shakespeare already spoke to this in Hamlet”

    No he didn’t. Back then, the word “protest” meant to declare one’s loyalty towards something.

  • jwrappaport

    @InscrutableTed: Do you bite your thumb at me, sir? Or do you just bite your thumb in general? (Couldn’t resist…)

    I have to admit, I didn’t know the old definition, but the essence of the quote is unchanged in any event, and it is still exactly that which I attributed to it: Those who protest (in either sense of the word) the most loudly often do so to mask their contrary feelings. In the scene, Queen Gertrude is saying that the Player Queen’s declarations of love and loyalty were too exaggerated to be believable. That’s exactly what’s going on with these religious nuts: They affirm their loyalty to dogma so wildly and condemn homosexuality so extremely that it’s plausible many of them harbor latent same-sex attractions.

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