Hon. Rev.Fr. Lokodo Simon, the Minister of State for Ethics & Integrity, has ordered police to block a gay parade scheduled for Saturday September 24, 2016.
The minister said in a statement that Government had learnt of the planned festivities/activities that are being organized to take place in different locations of Kampala and Wakiso Districts by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Movement.
He said the promotion of these festivities, which would purportedly culminate in a “Gay Pride match” on Saturday 24th September 2016, is criminal and illegal as they have not been cleared by the Uganda Police Force, and are against the laws of the Republic of Uganda; specifically the Penal Code, which is built on precedents set in many other countries.
“We wish to emphasize that whereas the promotion of homosexuality is criminalized under the Penal Code, there is no violence against the LGBT community in Uganda – contrary to some claims made loosely by proponents of this movement.”
The Penal Code Act of 1950 (Chapter 120) (as amended)
Section 145 states that;
“Any person who attempts to commit any of the offences specified in Section 145 commits a felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.”
“Any person who, whether in public or in private, commits any act of gross indecency with another person who procures another person to commit any act of gross indecency with him or her or attempts to procure the commission of any such act by any person with himself or herself or with another person, whether in public or in private, commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.”
According to him, the planned festivities are aimed at, promotion, exhibition and recruiting people to join this LGBT movement, which interestingly goes against the argument that gays are “born” that way.
“We are aware that there are inducements, including money, being offered to young people to promote the practice. “
Lokodo emphasised that government will not condone the promotion of the illegal activities of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) movement and through the Uganda police will work to ensure that the criminal and illegal activities of the Gay community are halted.
“The organizers of the planned Gay Parade on Saturday 24th September 2016 are advised to stop their activities immediately or otherwise they will be arrested and prosecuted in the courts of law.”
He added: “The public is called upon to refrain from joining and participating in Gay activities.”