Uganda says police will arrest planners of gay pride parade

2016-09-21 19:00
A transgender Ugandan poses in front of a rainbow flag during the 3rd Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda. (Rebecca Vassie, AP)

A transgender Ugandan poses in front of a rainbow flag during the 3rd Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda. (Rebecca Vassie, AP)

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Kampala  - A Ugandan official says police will arrest organisers who are planning a gay pride parade in the capital, Kampala.

Simon Lokodo, a cabinet minister in charge of ethics and integrity, said in a statement on Wednesday that the event had not been cleared by the police and would offend the country's laws.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda under a colonial-era law.

In 2014, Uganda's president signed an anti-gay bill that originally had proposed the death penalty against some homosexual acts, but a court later jettisoned the law as unconstitutional.

Frank Mugisha, a gay rights leader, says he had been awaiting police authorisation to hold a parade this weekend at a beach on Lake Victoria.

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