Poor Simon Lokodo! He is a cabinet minister in Uganda who cannot even interpret correctly the law he purports to be defending. Below is his statement following the international outcry he stoked when he raided and scuppered an LGBTI meeting that was meant to discuss human rights issues:
RESPONSE TO INTERNATIONAL CRITICISM ON THE ARREST OF GAY ACTIVISTS
Uganda has come under criticism for intervening in a gay activists’ meeting that was taking place at a Hotel in a city suburb early this week. Police intervened in the meeting that was suspected to be promoting gay activities and questioned the participants who were later released.
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.
No government official is bent to harass any section of the community and everybody in Uganda enjoys the freedom to lawfully assemble and associate freely with others.
Cultural attitudes in Africa are very different to elsewhere in the world, 2/3 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.
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.
Rev. Fr. Simon Lokodo
Minister of Ethics and Integrity
Simon Lokodo needs to be educated about section 145 of the Penal Code. That section criminalizes homosexual sexual acts – sexual acts “against the order of nature,” and these have to be proved in court. It neither criminalizes being gay, in fact being gay is not a crime in Uganda, nor does it criminalize meeting to talk about gay issues.
- Uganda now says gays now free to meet (The Seattle Times)
- In rebuke, Uganda says gays will be allowed to meet (76 Crimes.com)
- Simon Lokodo heads a quasi-Gestapo unit in Uganda (sebaspace.wordpress.com)
- Ugandan pro-gay groups face ban (bbc.co.uk)