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Cleric urges Christians to back govt on ant-gay fight

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By FRED ANYINE

Posted  Thursday, March 6   2014 at  02:00

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The cleric wants Ugandans to support the recently enacted Anti-Homosexuality Act.

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MBARARA.

The assistant Parish Priest of Lugazi in Rubirizi District ,Rev Fr Vincent Tumwebaze has asked Christians and Ugandans in general to support government in the fight against homosexuality.
Fr Mwebaze was speaking during a prayer session at Uganda Martyrs Church Parish Mbarara, urging the congregation to be part of the anti-homosexuality crusade.

“The Anti-homosexuality Law guards Ugandans against un-African practices as well as respecting the honour to God,” he said.
“Don’t pay attention to foreign cultures and traditions that intend to destroy African norms and traditions,” Fr Tumwebaze said.
Uganda has been sharply critised by the West after President Museveni signed into law the Anti-homosexuality Act recently.

The law proposes harsh punishments for those convicted of practicing or promoting homosexuality.
For instance, the law proposes life sentences for those convicted of aggravated homosexuality and a 14-year jail term for those found guilty of promoting the vice.
Fr Mwebaze said Ugandans should stand firm amid provocation from the West and condemn all immoral practices.

He also advised Ugandans to look at self-sustenance as the West continues to cut aid over the anti-homosexuality law.
A number of countries and institutions, including the World Bank, have cut aid with others saying they would soon review their aid to Uganda over failure to respect human rights.
Fr Mwebaze also appealed to government to implement the law that prohibits publication of pornographic materials.

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