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Ugandan Police Block Demonstration to Support Anti-Gay Bill, Pro-Gay Conference Held In Secret

Jim Burroway

February 15th, 2010

This could be seen as a positive development:

On Sunday, Police moved to halt a planned demonstration in support of the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill saying that the government is still sorting ‘issues out’ as pro-gay activists under the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kampala secretly met to condemn the same bill.

…[Inspector of Police Major General Kale] Gen. Kayihura confirmed that he hasn’t cleared the demonstration and said, “We asked them to postpone the demonstration because government has some issues to sort out and they agreed,”.

The demonstration had been scheduled for February 17. The government of President Yoweri Museveni routinely bans demonstrations and campaign appearances by opposition parties, ruling in what is, in effect, a one-party state. (In fact, all political parties were banned during the first half of Museveni’s 24-year rule.) Whether this planned demonstration is allowed to go forward will be a key test of the government’s position on the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill that is now before Parliament.

Meanwhile over the weekend, Pastor Marlin Lavanha, head of Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry and senior minister at All Souls Unitarian Church, traveled to Kampala to conduct a day-long conference to condemn the bill which imposes a lifetime sentence on anyone convicted of homosexuality, and adds the death sentence under certain circumstances. The meeting, which was held Sunday in a secret location, which we’ve learned has attracted some 200 attendees, mostly youth. The date and location of the meeting was kept secret for security reasons, and the fear behind those reasons appear to have been well-founded. Gen. Kayihura, when told of the meeting by the Daily Monitor, responded, “I am not aware of this meeting. But if we get them, we shall arrest them.”

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