The minister of Ethics and Integrity, Rev Father Simon Lokodo, cut short a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBTI) workshop yesterday, saying the participants were planning violence. He also said he had received information that the LGBTIs were gathered to recruit people into the practice of homosexuality.

Members of the homosexual community are referring to the incident as a ‘Valentine’s massacre’.

The workshop that was taking place at Imperial Resort hotel in Entebbe brought together different LGBTI groups. It started on February 9 and was scheduled to end today. According to the workshop coordinator and executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, Frank Mugisha, the workshop was aimed at empowering members with essential life skills. LGBTIs were receiving training on leadership skills, self-improvement, human rights, advocacy and management, among others. Discussion of the recently revived anti-homosexuality bill was also on the agenda.

But at around midday, Lokodo walked into the hall and asked to speak to the group. When he was given an opportunity, he said that as a minister, and on behalf of the government of Uganda, he demands that the LGBTIs leave the building immediately. He was backed by plain-clothes security personnel. The LGBTIs left the workshop hurriedly. There were also unconfirmed reports that award-winning gay rights advocate, Jacqueline Kasha, was briefly arrested.

Lokodo’s phone was off when The Observer tried to reach him. Homosexuality is punishable under the Penal Code of Uganda. In 2010, government backed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill and then distanced itself from it only after a lot of pressure from human rights organizations and the international community.

Sandra  Ntebi, commenting on a Facebook post about the issue, has called Lokodo “another Buturo”, referring to former Ethics minister Nsaba Buturo, who dedicated a lot of time to fighting what he believes is the evil and unethical practice of homosexuality. He often drew from African culture and Christianity to condemn homosexuals in Uganda, and once called upon them to leave the country if they were not willing to change.

Just last week, Lokodo said that while the government does not support the reintroduction of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, it has a Constitutional obligation to facilitate debate on the issue.

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0 #1 Nkongih lll 2012-02-15 12:04
That a government minister was planning to attend a workshop of the EVIL lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals must be the greatest joke of the century. What the hell, for bloody Christ's sake is a cabinet minister doing with these beasts? Doesn't he have any more important national problems to attend to?

Since when did a government start talking to post-modern barbarians? These evil lowest of the low, squirming in their own cesspit should NEVER EVER be allowed the tiniest of any voice in Africa. Please let them apply for visas and emigrate to Europe of USA where I am sure they will be welcome as 'tolerated trespassers'. They definitely wouldn't go to the Middle East as they would be stoned to death .. and rightly so!!
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0 #2 Betty Long Cap 2012-02-15 15:00
Quoting Nkongih lll:
Please let them apply for visas and emigrate to Europe of USA where I am sure they will be welcome as 'tolerated trespassers'.

Incarceration creates a financial burden on society while the death penalty violates internationally recognized human rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Every society defines deviant behavior and if homosexuality is un-Ugandan, violators need to leave for a country willing to grant asylum. Citizenship is a privilege: the Anti-Homosexual ity Bill needs to remove citizenship of those adults who practice deviant sexual behavior contrary to the mores of the moral majority.
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-1 #3 kabayekka 2012-02-15 16:52
No wonder these catholics do-good joined hands with the protestants and assassinated King Mwanga and took his lands up to now.

Well gay idiots like King Mwanga must not even own property or country. What a silly celebration up coming every year at Namugongo shrine. Bless it this year when they put up a St Nyerere, and next St Mugabe or St Museveni in the near future.
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+1 #4 Anonymous 2012-02-15 17:20
Nkongih III --

Clearly, you did not read the rules for commenting on this post. Let me reiterate them for you:
- No abusive language
- No unsubstantiated allegations
- No incitement to ethnic, religious or sectarian hatred

You are guilty of all three. You are also guilty of being an ignorant, hateful, discriminating punk.

I am a heterosexual individual with a strong faith in God. And my faith compels me to see that LGBTQ people are beautiful, made in the image of God and they are HUMAN -- deserving of all the same rights and freedoms of any human.

You, on the other hand display grossly inhumane behavior. Thankfully, you have freedom of speech -- something that members of the LGBTQ community also have. Which is why is was entirely within their rights to have this gathering. It was an abuse of their rights for the minister to interrupt this meeting.
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+2 #5 Jane 2012-02-15 17:29
Wow! These gays are really well funded as they could 'afford' a conference at Imperial beach resort. The minister was right to stop the meeting since it is illegal to practice homosexuality in Uganda.

The gays should count themselves lucky that they were not sent to luzira because believe it or not, the government also depend on funding from these same foreign donors so have to go 'soft' on them so as to maintain its international credentials.

It is not surprising that the gays were fast to post on facebook about their 'valentine massacre' as their foreign backers are glued on it to monitor developments. It's all about money. The governments hands are tied.
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+3 #6 Nkongih lll 2012-02-16 13:47
Calling yourself 'Anonymous' is of course a sign of dishonesty, cowardice and a juxtaposition of low self esteem ..typical traits of gays and their supporters. Having said that, you, Anonymous, can call me all sorts of names you like ..and if calling a spade a spade means that I am using abusive language, so be it.

If defending my beautiful African culture, African decency and African decorum makes people like you, Anonymous, call me a hater, then I am very proud to be called so in defence of rich and exotic Africanism. Homosexuality is DESPICABLE, REPUGNANT and should be confined to THE GUTTERS OF THE ABATTOIR.

God was not a fool to create man and woman. This 'human rights nonsense' IS NOT applicable to gays .. NO, NEVER! In Africa, gays and lesbians have no rights of any sort. They should be EXPELLED from our continent... BLASPHEMOUS PHILISTINES!!!
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+2 #7 Betty Long Cap 2012-02-16 15:40
[Quoting Anonymous:

I am a heterosexual individual with a strong faith in God. And my faith compels me to see that LGBTQ people are beautiful, made in the image of God and they are HUMAN -- deserving of all the same rights and freedoms of any human.


Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:19

Netherlands also believes "LGBTQ people are beautiful" and administers a tolerance test to anyone seeking entry. The short film shows near nudity on the beaches and same-sex couples kissing.

Countries have the right to select who will enter the borders, who will be granted citizenship, and even who retain citizenship. Only enlightened societies welcome reprobate minds.

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1:32
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