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'We will crackdown on these gays'

2012-06-24 12:08

Kampala - Gay rights activists should be banned from holding meetings or standing up for their rights, a key Ugandan minister said Friday, ahead of a scheduled court appearance next week over allegations that he had impeded the exercise of gay rights.

Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo is due in Kampala's High Court on Monday, accused by gay rights groups of preventing them from holding conventions.

"We will continue a crackdown on these gays by all means," Lokodo, a former Catholic priest, told dpa by telephone. "We cannot allow them to use meetings as platforms to promote their activities."

The activists are taking Lokodo to court after they said he shut down two conventions in Kampala this year. They claim his actions were "unlawful" and contravened the country's constitution and freedom of expression.

"He closed our workshop on Monday," said gay activist Dennis Wamala. "We are not free at all. We walk in fear."

Uganda has come under fierce international criticism for cracking down on gay rights. In 2008, a bill was introduced in parliament proposing tough sentences, including the death penalty, for gays and lesbians.

International pressure forced the government to delay an outcome on the bill, but gay activists say they are nevertheless living in fear.

A high-profile activist was murdered in January 2011, after a local tabloid newspaper made public a list of 100 gay and lesbian citizens.

Comments
  • thebe.tau - 2012-06-24 12:15

    So your country is one of the poorest countries in Africa, but oh no let's just focus on gay people and prentent there is no other issues facing us.

      thebe.tau - 2012-06-24 12:16

      Pretend

      emma.oth.5 - 2012-06-24 14:03

      thebe.tau for your own information,yes the country is poor but moraly upright.I am sure you are some where in a shack ha ha ha ha foolish you.

      Sharon - 2012-06-24 18:16

      didnt idi amin come from there - looks like his legacy lives on

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-18 15:05

      Morally upright. Yeah right. What world are you living in?

  • Gielman - 2012-06-24 12:26

    Popcorn anyone???

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-24 12:30

    It's like Idi Amin never died

  • henri.laurie.7 - 2012-06-24 12:32

    This is a joke, I can't believe this still goes on

      stanley.james.7 - 2012-06-25 06:26

      No he cfame back as a catholic priest who found a new way to molest people. BTW I think we dont execute people for kidnapping any more. but what should we do with a church that stole hundreds of thousands of babies from Spain, Australia and who knows where else which is part of their "RELIGIOUS FREEDOM" http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2049647/BBC-documentary-exposes-50-year-scandal-baby-trafficking-Catholic-church-Spain.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqPIh-267fg&feature=player_embedded

  • fred.erasmus.12 - 2012-06-24 12:40

    Crackdown! Hahahaha! Wonderful play of words!

      george.frangs - 2012-06-24 13:43

      Haha, not exactly the words you want to use when complaining about homoexualists :P

      Irene - 2012-06-24 16:08

      George ~ What is a 'homoexualists'?

      Irene - 2012-06-24 23:44

      Jason ~ Thanks, but no thanks. Does yours come with a microscope?

      stanley.james.7 - 2012-06-25 06:32

      Hey digger - sorry about what bothers you. Maybe you should ask why your society is so poisoned against gays - as it was against blacks, Jews, etc Sorry if the word "gay" wakes up your m@mb@r

  • wendylg - 2012-06-24 12:53

    This is totally pitiful

      Irene - 2012-06-24 16:09

      Yep, as well as extremely backward and primitive.

      jason.watkins.71271466 - 2012-06-24 17:33

      Exactly like u.

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-24 18:28

      back ward an primitive but morally ideal

      Digger - 2012-06-25 02:23

      Really in my humble opinion there's something seriously wrong with a man that wants to have sex with another man, instead of a lovely woman. Damn just the thought gives me the shivers...anyway if that's your thing I think you should keep it to yourself and I or my kid's should not have to see it!!

      stanley.james.7 - 2012-06-25 06:29

      where abolute truth church hierarchy combines with taboos. Why is Africa such a mess -beecause Europeans - mostly catholic or equivalent raped the continent for hundreds of years Long ago I used to wonder in the 1950s why African nations had two names -= their own, and then a European (colonist) names

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-18 15:07

      There is nothing better than feeling the beautiful male body against yours. What has my sex life got to do with you anyway?

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-18 15:08

      @digger So it's fine for all gays to see hetero love blatantly shown on a daily basis? Thinking of str8 sex makes me shiver, but you don't see me trying to ban anything hetero. Hypocrite

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-06-24 12:58

    After reporting that gays were beaten up in Greece you are now putting this story up on News24 so that we forget the bigotry in Europe.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-06-24 13:16

      No it's probably News24 publishing an article on a subject that's currently topical in the news.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-06-24 13:23

    Lol! Crackdown!!

  • eleanor.butler.18 - 2012-06-24 13:23

    What do anti gay people do when one of those gays happens to be their own child?

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-06-24 13:34

      We love them and pray for them

      Phoenix - 2012-06-24 13:35

      Mostly chuck them out of the house as teenagers. I have many friends who were thrown onto the streets by so-called caring parents. Good point though. Gay people have straight parents. Somehow these people seem to think it is impossible for them to have gay kids - as if they are somehow better than parents who aready have gay kids.

      george.frangs - 2012-06-24 14:04

      They scare them straight. Then send them to Bible camp. It never fails. I mean what helps more than sending a bunch of gay kids on a camp together for a weekend...

      Gieljam - 2012-06-24 17:41

      Divorce him or his pall

      fred.erasmus.12 - 2012-06-24 21:38

      Eleanor, this form of reasoning is extremely flawed and can only convince an idiot. I mean, if your child kills someone in cold blood. Does that make murder right and not sin?

      stanley.james.7 - 2012-06-25 06:39

      tos htem out on the street the day they are 18 BTW the fixit guys.................... George Rekers of Narth, which claims to fix gays.............. Turns out he is pathological liar who got outed himself http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-anti-gay-activists-caught-being-gay/joanne remember Minister Ted Haggard who ranted against gay people - he's #3 on the same list. Whats common about Dr. SPitzer, Michael Bussey etc - they all were fixed or claimed they could fix gays. At least they repented. http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2012/04/truth-wins-out-dr-robert-spitzer-renounces-ex-gay-study-claiming-some-gays-could-change.html

  • MuttleyScholtz - 2012-06-24 13:41

    Feeling sorry for this Simon Lokodo character. Not enough real issues to worry about. If you have time to go on about people who are gay, then your life must really be boring.

  • sizwe.schoeman - 2012-06-24 13:59

    WTF??

      catgirl1971 - 2012-06-24 15:20

      APIAPOP

      Irene - 2012-06-24 16:13

      catgirl ~ APIAPOP? Strange that your earlier comment never reflected that.

      jason.watkins.71271466 - 2012-06-24 17:24

      Do u know wot it means Irene?

      Irene - 2012-06-24 23:48

      Jason ~ What do you think? If I didn't know what it meant, would I have asked her the question I did? GFY! Do you know what that means?

  • emma.oth.5 - 2012-06-24 14:06

    Is the current genereation suffering from gender confusion?

      bomb.technician.5 - 2012-06-24 15:08

      There's a lot of confusion in today's world. Like I said before, this planet needs the "reset" button to be pushed. This would be an interesting debate between the creationists and evolutionists..lol. "Did God create us this way?"....or "Did we evolve this way?" Cant wait to see the remarks. Getting the popcorn.

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-24 18:33

      More than you know

      skootzie - 2012-06-25 13:24

      Homosexuality isn't localised to humanity, there is evidence for homosexuality in nature; unless of course those animals suffer from gender confusion as well? Good grief, get a clue.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-18 15:11

      No the planet needs the death of all religion

  • henri.laurie.7 - 2012-06-24 15:18

    What rubbish, can you believe this still exists in the world today? pathetic !!

      zaatheist - 2012-06-24 15:39

      This gay hatred is fuelled by American Christian evangelists. I am sure Jesus is very proud of them and all the gay hating morons who commented here.

      jason.watkins.71271466 - 2012-06-24 17:22

      Raping of children is pathetic. So-called honour murders is pathetic. Farm murders is pathetic. I can go on. U get the picture.

      mark.beeld - 2012-07-18 15:21

      Jason, No sh*t. However, this article does not deal with those topics mentioned.

  • Marco - 2012-06-24 15:40

    "FORMER CATHOLIC PRIEST SAYS ""LETS BUST THEIR ASSES"" "

      Irene - 2012-06-24 16:14

      You are beyond pathetic.

      jason.watkins.71271466 - 2012-06-24 17:18

      Just like u.

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-24 18:34

      LOL HAHAHAHA

      Irene - 2012-06-24 23:49

      Jason ~ Come out the closet boy, you'll feel much better.

  • janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-06-24 16:05

    callmekuchu.com/

  • phae.rayden - 2012-06-24 17:03

    Despicaple, cruel, ignorant fools. Humans can be such hateful creatures.

      fred.erasmus.12 - 2012-06-25 19:28

      Jeez man, where's da love

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-18 15:15

      If a man touches a women during her menstrual period, he is dirty. If shellfish is eaten, it is an abomination. If your wife grabs your assailant in his private area, her hand will be amputated. A marriage is only declared valid if the woman is a virgin. If not, she will be stoned. If a child curses or disobeys his/her parents, that child shall be stoned.

  • bjorn.h.visser - 2012-06-24 22:02

    why should sexuality be an issue, its not hurting anyone. jesus can we worry about real issues. your hate isnt making the world a better place, and hating for jesus isnt "right". we need a cultural revolution.

      stanley.james.7 - 2012-06-25 06:50

      BJorn - theres a lot of people who seem to delight in hating gay people, part of Gods creation. Too bad we cant supercharge their trip on the superhighway to hell. They ought to become aethists - then god will ignore them and the only thing they have to fear is the maggots, but when one is just plain dead, it doesnt matter

  • Ricky - 2012-06-25 08:56

    He should mind his business rather than making threats.

  • skootzie - 2012-06-25 10:22

    The anti-gay sentiments in these comments are disgusting. It's none of your business who a person sleeps with, it in no way at all affects you, your family, your friends or your lifestyle. Your homophobia is akin to a fear of miscegenation, a primitive and pitiful way of thinking strongly rooted in a deep seated fear of what you don't understand. Grow up.

      skootzie - 2012-06-25 15:27

      Ignoring the fact that you don't know anything about me, nor the "circles I move around in", I don't see you actually making a valid argument against what I say?

      fred.erasmus.12 - 2012-06-25 17:45

      Well skoopy, to say that it is pitiful and primitive for a man to have sexual intercourse with a woman reflects on you. It may be a moral debate wether homosexuality is right or wrong, but we would rather be morally right then politically correct.

      skootzie - 2012-06-25 22:21

      I'm not saying it's pitiful and primitive for a man to have sex with a woman, I'm saying it's pitiful and primitive for people to be against homosexuality and/or miscegenation.

      mark.beeld - 2012-07-18 15:22

      Fred, Okay, nice word salad. Now what is your point?

  • clare.byarugaba - 2012-06-25 18:49

    am embarrassed as a Ugandan that we have such intellectually challenged leaders...

      fred.erasmus.12 - 2012-06-25 19:25

      Freela

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-18 15:17

      At least you are better than them, and show true compassion and humility :)

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