On Wednesday, Uganda Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo announced plans to dissolve 38 organizations because they “empower, enhance, and recruit” people into homosexuality. Now, Lokodo is backing away from such claims, having put out a statement saying that the Ugandan government does not discriminate against people “of a different sexual orientation”:
LOKODO: No government official is (supposed) to harass any section of the community and everybody in Uganda enjoys the freedom to lawfully assemble and associate freely with others.
Lokodo’s statement is odd, as his history of anti-gay hostility is well-documented. Though the “Kill the Gays” bill is still pending in the legislature, homosexuality continues to be illegal in Uganda. To say that the government does not discriminate against people based upon their sexual orientation falls far short of the truth.