Daily Monitor: GLBT conference raided by Uganda’s Ethics Minister

From Uganda’s Daily Monitor earlier today:

There was drama at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe today when State Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo broke up a secret gay rights activists conference.

The two week conference organised by Freedom and Roam Uganda, an association that lobbies for the recognition of same sex relationships in Uganda ended prematurely when the minister ordered them to disperse.

“I have closed this conference because it’s illegal. We do not accept homosexuality in Uganda. So go back home,” Minister Lokodo told the participants.

If the authorities can raid a conference before it becomes against the law to have a conference, then what will happen if the Anti-Homosexuality Bill becomes law?

Apparently, the authorities attempted to arrest the leader of the conference.

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  • Maazi NCO

    If the authorities can raid a conference before it becomes against the law to have a conference, then what will happen if the Anti-Homosexuality Bill becomes law?

    But this has happened several times in the past. When Dr. James Nsaba Buturo was minister for ethics he carried out raids. When Women’s rights activist Dr. Miria Matembe was minister for ethics, she did the same thing. So what is new here?? The minister is carrying on in the footsteps of his predecessors as expected from his cabinet office. Of course, when the anti-gay bill becomes law then these actions considered legally “inchoate” shall become legally “consolidated”.

  • Lynn David

    Nothing is new. There is no free speech in Uganda nor freedom of association for certain groups under your supposedly democratic-elected government.

  • Legally “inchoate” – meaning “Lawless”.

    Those empowered and charged with protecting the law, violate it with impunity.

    I wonder who’s next? Did you learn nothing from Idi Amin Dada?

  • Maazi NCO

    Legally “inchoate” – meaning “Lawless”.

    “Inchoate” does not mean lawlessness. I am disappointed that a native english speaker doesn’t even know this !! Legally speaking, parliament must have to bolster the minister’s action with a specific law. At the moment, the minister’s action is open to wide interpretations since the law is not explicit (or rather silent) on the issue of whether conferences can be held to incite people to commit sex crimes.

    I wonder who’s next? Did you learn nothing from Idi Amin Dada?

    You just playing games bringing Idi Amin to all this. I might as well accuse the German Supreme Court of Nazism for concurring with the German government (via its law enforcement agencies) that it was correct for a brother and sister arrested to be arrested and charged to court for having adult consensual sex. The siblings were arrested in 2005 charged to court for incest. The “couple” fought the case all the way to the German supreme court arguing that “they were in love and are not hurting a third party”. The German supreme court disagreed and in a near unanimous vote in 2008 upheld the law criminalizing incest without exemptions.

  • Maazi NCO

    Okay let me repeat that again (Hopefully without errors)….

    I wonder who’s next? Did you learn nothing from Idi Amin Dada?

    You just playing games bringing Idi Amin into all this. I might as well accuse the German judiciary of Nazism for concurring with the German government (via its law enforcement agencies) that it was correct for a brother and sister to be arrested and charged to court for having adult consensual sex in 2005. The “couple” —who were convicted and jailed for the crime of incest — appealed their conviction and fought the case all the way to the German Supreme Court arguing that “they were in love and are not hurting a third party”. The German supreme court disagreed and in a near unanimous vote in 2008 upheld the law criminalizing incest without exemptions.

  • Unformed, premature, coalescing.. from the past participle incohare (to have begun)

    Meaning not actually legal yet. Extra-legal in fact. In this context, Lawless, “without law”.

    For my sins, I went to a British Boarding Preparatory School when young. A very old-fashioned one, even for 1966. Heavy on the Trivium and Quadrivium, Ovid and Homer, light on “Natural Philosophy”. “Cave” and all that. Read Rudyard Kipling’s “Kim” and you’ll get the idea.

    I remember the porridge, that bounced when dropped. The “kedgeree”, the meals supplemented by luxuries such as tins of sardines, and if very lucky, a banana. The windows left open to let in the healthy fresh air, and snow.

    Heinrich Himmler, having seen the system that produced the administrators of Empire, was a great admirer. He forced members of the SS to live under similar circumstances.

    So there is some justice in the world, a balancing of Karma.

    Anyway, I’m aware of the meaning of many words in the English language, plus their Latin and Greek roots. Plus how to use chopsticks, a smattering of Malay, Swahili, and Cantonese, as the children of both colonial administrators and local politicians were sent there too.