I was not forced out of US - Bahati

Monday December 13 2010

By Risdel Kasasira


Ndorwa West MP David Bahati has denied that he was ordered out of the United States by the State Department where he had gone to attend a conference on financial management but was denied entry because of his Anti-homosexuality Bill.

Mr Bahati dismissed reports of his deportation from the US as false and said it was a fabrication by those against his Bill that has drawn worldwide criticism. Press reports indicate that the legislator was put on a plane at Dallas Airport in the US, through Paris and back to Uganda on the orders of the State Department. But Mr Bahati said: “It’s a mere fabrication by those who want to spoil the relations between two friendly countries. I came through Amsterdam not Paris like they are saying.”

Mr Andy Laney from the State Department also said they did not ask Mr Bahati to leave.
“We did not ask David Bahati to leave the country,” in a statement on Lez get Real website on Saturday. Mr Bahati obtained a single event visa to the US to attend the conference but told he was not welcome due to his Bill.