Uganda: Cops raid US project that assists gays

2014-04-04 15:47
(Ben Curtis, AP)

(Ben Curtis, AP)

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Kampala - A Ugandan government spokesperson says police have raided the offices of a United States-funded project known to offer Aids services to homosexuals.

Ofwono Opondo said on Twitter on Friday the Makerere University Walter Reed Project building in Kampala was targeted for "training youths in homosexuality".

Frank Mugisha, a gay leader in Uganda, said one person was arrested in Thursday's raid. He said the project —a nonprofit partnership between a Ugandan university and the US Military HIV Research Programme — was known to offer services to gays who felt comfortable going there for anti-retroviral treatment.

Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango denied the raid, saying a man pretending to represent the police threatened workers at the project, which has since been closed by administrators.

A US Embassy spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

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