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Religious leaders to stage demo against gays

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OUT OF HERE: Pastor Kiganda addresses journalists in Kampala yesterday. Right is Pastor Henry Minan from Mbuya Pentecostal Church. PHOTO BY STEPHEN OTAGE 

By Flavia Nalubega & Juliet Kigongo

Posted  Thursday, December 31   2009 at  00:00
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Kampala
Religious leaders will early next year hold a countrywide demonstration against supporters and perpetrators of homosexuality in Uganda.

The demonstration, which is organised by Born Again pastors, is slated for January 19. Ndorwa West MP David Bahati tabled the Anti-homosexuality Bill (2009).

The private member’s Bill, currently before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, is yet to be subjected to the public.

The proposed law, if passed in its current shape, punishes those who fail to report homosexuals to the authorities and gays could face life in prison or be killed.

Addressing journalists in Kampala yesterday, Pastor David Kiganda, the leader of Born Again Christians in Uganda, said: “We are here to protect the integrity and morals of our country so we cannot allow conditions from foreign countries to compromise our culture.”

He said this while announcing the fourth National Prayer Day and Night to be held at Nakivubo Stadium starting today until tomorrow.

Government view
Pastor Kiganda’s remarks come hardly a fortnight after Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa said the government does not support the promotion of homosexuality.

Many countries have opposed the Bill, including the United States.
He added: “In Uganda homosexuality is a taboo and can’t be allowed.”