Anti-gay march plan
KAMPALA: A Ugandan preacher with close ties to US evangelicals and President Yoweri Museveni’s family said yesterday he planned to organise a “million-man” march next month to support a proposed anti-gay law in parliament.
The nation has faced intense pressure from Western gover nments and human rights groups over anti-homosexuality legislation tabled in parliament as a private members’ bill last year.
Museveni seemed to distance himself and the government from the proposed law on Tuesday, saying it was a foreign policy issue and calling for more talks. The ex-rebel leader said he had been under pressure from Western leaders.
“We want to show how many people support the bill,” Pastor Martin Ssempa told journalists in the Ugandan capital.
“We want to give a postcard that (Museveni) can send to his friend (US President) Barack Obama,” Ssempa said in front of posters saying “Africans Unite Against Sodomy” and “Barack Obama Back Off ”. He said the march was planned for February 17.
Ssempa is one of Uganda’s most prominent anti-gay campaigners. – Reuters