page http://chicken33.com/commande/wp-includes/bookmark.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The development comes at a time when government officials are accusing NGOs of promoting gayism and lesbianism, sexual practices outlawed by the recently enacted Anti-homosexuality law.
The NGO claims it monitors and investigates communicable disease threats of public health importance to Uganda; and develop, evaluate and provide interventions to mitigate these disease threats.
According to MUWRP, a Ugandan citizen employed at the group was taken into custody by police at the project’s offices in Kampala.
“The individual was released without charge the same day. We are working with police to understand the circumstances under which this person was detained. Until we have greater clarity as to the legal basis for the police action, the operations of the program are temporarily suspended to ensure the safety of staff and the integrity of the program,” MUWRP said in a statement after the arrest.
“We are working directly with the patients of MUWRP to ensure there is no interruption in their care. Press inquiries should be directed to the U.S. Mission to Uganda’s Public Affairs sections.”
Police speak out
However, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, disputes MUWRP’s claims, saying the organisation’s officials engage in recruitment of youth into homosexuality.
The remarks could damage the reputation of the once highly regarded research organisation and also trigger an in-depth investigation into activities of other AIDS-programme-related NGOs.
Enanga says Police received a report on March 15 that “an NGO based in Nakasero area of Kampala was carrying out recruitment and training of young males in unnatural sexual acts.”
He added: “Police deployed crime intelligence officers to verify the claims, by infiltrating the project. Two officers undertook the assignment. The officers were registered for training by the NGO, and given identification numbers. The training targeted youth between the ages of 18 and 25.”
Enanga further observed that “The trainees were shown videos of men engaging in homosexual activity, and they were encouraged to bring along their sexual partners. The trainees were further given literature describing safe sexual practice between males, as well as condoms and lubricant.”
As if this was not enough, said Enanga, “They were each paid between Shs. 10,000 to Shs. 100,000, as transport refund, at the end of each training session.”
Police said it was not until April 4 that crime intelligence officers observed a large number of participants being shown a same-sex pornographic film.
“The officers identified themselves to the facilitators, and asked for an explanation on what was happening. On learning of the presence of the Police, the participants fled. One of the facilitators accompanied the officers to Jinja Road Police Station to assist in investigation, and was later released,” clarified Enanga.
The NGO later complained to the Inspector-General of Police of harassment and unprofessional conduct by the officers involved.
Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura has since directed the Professional Standards Unit to investigate the matter.
Police have since opened up a general inquiry file into the case.
“In the meantime, we appeal to all persons who may have participated in this training, or have information that could assist the Police in the investigation, to volunteer such information to the Police.”
President Museveni recently criticised the west for promoting homosexuality and sexual exhibitionism in Africa.