Ugandan activist to anti-gay leader: See you in court

Simon Lokodo, Uganda ethics minister (Photo courtesy of Gayvasion.com)
Simon Lokodo, Uganda ethics minister (Photo courtesy of Gayvasion.com)

Simon Lokodo, Uganda’s ethics minister, has resumed his verbal campaign against LGBT rights organizations, pledging to shut down groups that promote LGBT equality.

But Frank Mugisha, leader of the gay rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), said  Lokodo won’t succeed in any attempt to close organizations on the basis of their position about homosexuality.

“He would not have any evidence that what they are doing is against the law. Our constitution is very, very clear on the rights of freedom of expression and assembly,” Mugisha told Gay Star News. ‘If he dares to do that, we will go after him in the courts of law.”

Lokodo, a former Catholic priest, made his comments in an interview with the Ugandan publication The Independent.

Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (Photo courtesy of Rafto Foundation)
Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (Photo courtesy of Rafto Foundation)

He has a mixed record in opposition to Ugandan groups seeking to end harassment and discrimination against LGBT people. In the first half of 2012, he:

But he was then reined in and forced to sign a government statement of June 22, 2012, saying that Uganda does not discriminate against people of a different sexual orientations.

“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, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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  1. Rev. Scott Lively is being charged with “Crimes Against Humanity” for his hateful homophobic workshops in Uganda. Simon Lokodo may be brought to justice, too.

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