WAIT Training breaks ties with Martin Ssempa over Anti-Homosexuality Bill

This just in. WAIT Training, the abstinence education group has broken ties with Uganda’s Martin Ssempa.

Here is the statement from their website:

WAIT Training does not affiliate, endorse, associate or partner with anyone seeking to hurt or wound others. Our goals are to impart skills to help ALL individuals have healthy relationships, to LIVE WELL,  LOVE WELL and if they choose, to MARRY WELL.

Recent developments in Uganda and around the world associated with Martin Ssempa have caused us to sever all former associations with him.

We have requested he remove all wording on his web site that references our organization. If there are any questions about this, please call Joneen Mackenzie RN, President / Founder of WAIT Training at 720 488 8888 ext 201.

Developing…

I spoke earlier this evening with Joneen Mackenzie, Founder and President of WAIT Training about their connections to Martin Ssempa. Ms. Mackenzie tried to help Dr. Ssempa by helping put him in touch with people who helped with his website and believed he was focused on helping people with HIV. She told me that she was “shocked that he would endorse hurting anyone.” Learning of Ssempa’s support for the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, she said, ” I don’t want to be associated with that. I have to get any association with him and that bill away from me. Our desire is to dissociate ourselves from him.”

Ms. Mackenize told me that she has asked Ssempa to remove all references to WAIT Training from www.martinssempa.org. Currently, WAIT Training is listed as a group who will book speaking engagements for Ssempa. Ms. Mackenzie said that her group had only booked one such event. Now, they want to sever ties completely as Ssempa’s current advocacy is contrary to their mission and values.

Ssempa has yet to remove the references to WAIT Training from the site.

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  • Lynn David

    Wow…. a double!

    But you know how this will play in Uganda. Ssempa will claim that an organization in the US which deals with abstinence training has lost its moral guidance…. what?

  • http://gayuganda.blogspot.com gayuganda

    Of course!

  • Rene van Soeren

    Stephen Langa – as far as I know one of the main organisers of the conference Lively Schmierer attended – is still on their website as a Global Affiliate. Shouldn’t WAIT they break up their connections with him too, or at least consider doing that?

  • Rene van Soeren

    SORRY – cross reading your posts I mixed up your reports on WAIT (withj Ssempa) and DNA (with Langa)…

  • Allen Mukooki

    Mr. Warren,

    I think your devotion towards tarnishing Ps. Ssempa’s reputation is worrying! I would think a professor of your calibre would do more with his time.

    Secondly, i advise that you redirect your research to knowing Ps. Ssempa’s true ministry. God’s stand on homosexuality (definitely by reading your Bible) and sodomy’s impact on society.

    Otherwise, we in Uganda are paying no attention to your baseless propaganda and are looking forward to the transformation of many more homosexuals.