Government investigates four top schools over homosexuality

Thursday November 21 2013


Government is investigating four prominent secondary schools in Kampala and Wakiso districts over allegations that their students are involved in homosexual activities.

Rev. Father Simon Peter Lokodo, the State Minister for Ethics and Integrity says the schools being investigated are Gayaza High School, Makerere Secondary School, Kibuli High and Nalya Secondary School.

The Minister told Uganda Radio Network that a recent impromptu visit discovered that more than 30 percent of students in these schools are involved in lesbianism and homosexuality. The visit was by a team from the Ministry’s directorate in the Department of Ethics and Education.

Although URN could not independently verify the allegation, Fr Lokodo says some of the victims confessed to the team that they were practicing the vice.

He adds that government has accordingly instituted an investigation into the matter, with the intention of finding out how the outlawed practices became rooted in the schools.

The Minister adds that he has summoned officials from Uganda Christian University, Kampala International University, Kyambogo and Makerere Universities over a sex tape that circulated on social networking websites recently, saying his ministry will investigate the matter to a logical conclusion.

Mr Lokodo says his office is preparing a policy paper to be presented before Cabinet on how to manage morals in universities.

Under the Penal Code, "carnal knowledge against the order of nature" between two males carries a potential penalty of life imprisonment.

Activists estimated in 2007 that the Ugandan gay community consisted of 500,000 people.