Tuesday July 8 2014

Gays law was misunderstood by West - government


Kampala- The enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act has been misinterpreted by development partners, the government has said.

A statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said development partners have got the wrong impression that the act is intended to punish and discriminate against people of a homosexual orientation.

“The Anti-Homosexuality Act was enacted with a view to curb open promotion of homosexuality, especially among children and other vulnerable groups.

However, its enactment has been misinterpreted as a piece of legislation intended to punish and discriminate against people of a “homosexual orientation”, especially by our development partners,” the statement reads in part.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Fred Opolot said: “The image in the West is that homosexuals are being hunted down on Kampala streets, which is not the case.”

Several developmental partners, including the United States of America, recently announced aid cuts to Uganda in response to the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda also had its aid, which was running under 101 faith-based organisations, suspended over the law.

However, the government reaffirmed that no activities of individuals, groups, or organisations will be affected by the Act whose intention is to stop promotion of homosexual practices.

The government said it remains committed to the protection of the rights of all individuals on its territory and to ensure that nobody takes the law into their hands.

It also said it will continue to guarantee equal treatment of all persons and respect the constitutional provisions on the right to privacy.