Uganda Explains Gay Arrests
The Minister of Ethics and Integrity Rev. Fr. Simon Lokodo said Thursday Police early this week arrested suspected promoters of homosexuality, arguing the sexual practice is illegal.
“Police intervened in the meeting that was suspected to be promoting gay activities. The Government would like to state that much as promoting gay activities is illegal according to Section 145 of the Penal code Act, Uganda does not segregate against people of a different sexual orientation,” said Lokodo.
Government has since been under criticism for intervening in a gay activists’ meeting that was taking place at Esella Country Hotel in Najjera II, a Kampala suburb.
Participants were arrested, triggering international condemnation.
“No government official is bent to harass any section of the community and that everybody in Uganda enjoys the freedom to lawfully assemble and associate freely with others,” said Lokodo.
He said police questioned the participants who were later released.
“Cultural attitudes in Africa are very different to elsewhere in the world, two thirds of African countries outlaw homosexual activity and 80% of east African countries criminalize it. Whilst at a global level more than 80 countries outlaw homosexual acts,” elaborated Lokodo.
Gay activists say homosexuality is a right which must be respected by government.
However, Uganda is a profoundly conservative and religious nation that respects the traditional marriage.
“The government would like to encourage all Ugandans to be vigilant and stay away from unlawful activities that would get them in trouble with the law.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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