Uganda official again vows ‘crackdown on these gays’

Three days after signing a statement agreeing to allow gay-friendly groups to meet in Uganda, the country’s ethics minister reverted to his previous hand-line stance.

Simon Lokodo
Simon Lokodo, Ugandan ethics minister

In an interview with Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo vowed to continue disrupting LGBT rights meetings, the South African Press Agency reported.

“We will continue a crackdown on these gays by all means,” Lokodo said. “We cannot allow them to use meetings as platforms to promote their activities.”

Under current Ugandan law, homosexual activity can be punished by life imprisonment.

On Monday, June 25, Lokodo will face a trial in Kampala’s High Court in a lawsuit filed by LGBT activists who charge him with violating their constitutional right of free assembly when he disrupted an LGBT rights workshop in February.

In recent days, Lokodo has also:

“We are not free at all. We walk in fear.” gay activist Dennis Wamala told DPA.

In a statement on June 22 that Lokodo was reportedly required to sign, he said the country does not discriminate against people “of a different sexual orientation.”

“No government official is (supposed) to harass any section of the community and everybody in Uganda enjoys the freedom to lawfully assemble and associate freely with others,” the statement said.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, and editor/publisher of Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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