With a twist. I believe the reason why this letter was sent to one who was presumed gay was to farther the aim of ‘cleansing’ Uganda.
The email address names were those of Peter Karamaga on Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 10:32 AM -, He sent it from an email address firstname.lastname@example.org The language and composition are fair, and the detail of the supposed recipient is breathtaking. To protect the person’s identity, I am changing all the personal details of the one who is being coerced. I am not extending such a courtesy to the person who is doing the blackmailing.
Dear Mr. Semakula Zilaba,
You will understandably be surprised both about the content of this e-mail and by the its having finally arrived into your inbox. I will not go into any niceties because I dont have time for anything like that and I think people like you do not deserve them.
You will get to know who we work for ,what I do and what we want from you during the course of this e-mail.
You are well aware of the recent developments in Uganda regarding the issue of homosexuality, Gays, lesbians and anything that people like you would like to call yourselves. I am part of an organisation that has been formed to not only respond to the threat posed by people of whom you are a part but also to see to it that people like you are dealt with a way that prevents your numbers from multiplying to stain this beautiful country.
We recently got your contacts from some of our people working from the inside of the organisations that you homosexuals have set up and we have decided that we will make you and offer . We would like to let you know that .....we know you very well, and we know a lot about you! So do not try to play any silly tricks as we are very serious with this assignment and any time wasting and attempts to be smart by you will be severely punished.
What do we know about you?
You are about 34 years old, studied in King’s college then Namilyango college. You have a woman with whom you have a child. This woman is called Namubiru Siyada working with State House.
Your father is a one Mr Serugoti Michael who used to work with Bakharesa Company limited in Kampala but he disappeared off our radar . We shall find him though.
You work for an organisation within Makerere University called the Computer Institute and you also do part time work as at Synoviate at Nakasero. Most friday evenings you are seen heading to that place at around 9 pm.
We could tell you more about where you live and what your lifestyle is like but we trust that you dont doubt we know all that too and so for now we shall go straight to why we have written this letter to you.
We have been tasked with the job of stopping the spread of homosexuality and identifying and dealing with all stubborn homosexuals and sexual deviants in Uganda.
We work with many organisations to identify people like you and have contacts even within organisations like yours (SMUG) that inform us of your acitivities.
We have zeroed in on you as one of those hard core homosexuals (your family status not withstanding) that we could use as an example to the rest and this is our offer to you.
1)You should provide us with a list of all the homosexuals you know who are within kampala and Jinja districts whom you have come into contact with. We are aware you have not been very actively involved in sex with fellow men over the past three years but we know you are aware of those who engage in these acts.
2)You should also write a letter denouncing homosexulaity just as one of your colleagues (George Oundo) recently did, this we shall use as evidence that we are making headway in our fight against homosexuality in this country.
By the way you should be aware that people like George Oundo who have renounced that practice are some of those with whom we are working to tackle this cancer and we are making great progress.
Some of your friends as you might or might not know are already in our custody and what will determine whether they will ever be seen again will be there "cooperation " with our boys.
You are still out there because we are aware of some of the loose but significant connections you have to General Kale Kayihura and to some army elements too.
However you should know that in due time, these will not stop us from achieving our aims too.
For now that is all we require of you.
Failure to cooperate with us......
1)We shall expose you first to your employers then to your family and all your friends too.
2)we shall make sure (your employer) ,knows about your horrible habits and you know what has happened to fellow homosexuals who were working at your place of work. You are aware of the case of Mr. Lutakoome ....do you know why he was sacked from Makerere and now he cannot get any job as within Kampala? It is because he refused to cooperate with us.
We shall give you the same treatment if you too dont cooperate fully with us.
3)You will be exposed to all those in your neighbourhood and whereever else you attempt to move too we shall do the same again.
You already know that most of your neighbours are suspicious of you anyway since they hardly ever see you with a woman and yet your are a well off man!
That is just the tip of the iceberg for what we plan for you in case you dont cooperate.
We have your celphone contcat and we shall get in touch with you soon .
So think about our offer to you and get back to us within 1 month.
National Anti- Homosexual Taskforce.
So, why am I doing this? Why publish the email with all of those details?
This kind of vileness thrives best in darkness. It is the fear of exposure which they hold over our heads. So? Let me see how well they thrive in the glare of light. Have a feeling that is not something that they would like….!
And, of course I will remember Peter Karamaga, the National Anti-Homosexual Taskforce, and email@example.com