Police arrest Ugandan LGBT leader Sam Ganafa

Sam K. Ganafa, executive director of Spectrum Uganda (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
Sam K. Ganafa, executive director of Spectrum Uganda (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Activists in Uganda report that police have arrested Sam K. Ganafa, executive director of Spectrum Uganda Initiatives and board chair for the Sexual Minorities Uganda coalition.

Charges against Ganafa have not yet been determined.  He was handcuffed after he reported to the Kasangati police station in response to a call from the district police commander.

Police also searched his home and took two of Ganafa’s guests to the police station for interrogation.

Activists said Ganafa has opened his home to many homeless LGBTI persons and it was also used as a Spectrum Uganda office for more than eight years.

An employee of a Ugandan telecommunications company, he is greatly respected, a good role model, and one of the few elderly persons who have openly lived as gay in Uganda, activists said.

Police reportedly took him to be tested for HIV because a complainant against him claimed that he had been infected.

Ganafa is expected to be taken to court tomorrow (Nov. 13).

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. Jesus has paid the penalty price for all Gays lesbians and Transfolk. the ban and death penalty was under the law and not under Grace. Hebrews 10:9 tells us that Jesus abolished the Law of Moses and established Grace.. that the law is abolished ( 2 Corinthians 3:6-13 ; Ephesians 2:15 );
    that Christ is the end of the law ( Romans 10:4 );
    that it was the ministration of death ( Exodus 32:1-28 ), and that it is “done away” ( 2 Corinthians 3:7 );
    that Jesus took away the first that He might establish the second ( Hebrews 10:5-9 );
    that it was nailed to the cross ( Colossians 2:14-16 );
    that those who had been under it had been delivered from it ( Romans 7:6 );
    that they were dead to it ( Romans 7:4 );
    that they were not under the law, but under grace ( Romans 6:14 );
    that they were no longer under the schoolmaster ( Galatians 3:24 Galatians 3:25 );
    that they were not required to serve the law ( Acts 15:1-24 ; Galatians 3:19 );
    that the Christian who sought justification under the law had fallen from grace ( Galatians 5:4 );
    and that now the righteousness of God is revealed without the aid of the law ( Romans 3:21 Romans 3:22 ).

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