A thanks giving prayer ceremony is being organized in Uganda’s Capital, Kampala to commemorate the enactment of the Anti-Homosexual Law, which establishes tougher sentences for acts of homosexuality.
Dr. James Nsaba Buturo, a former minister of Ethics and Integrity and a vocal anti-gay crusader is coordinating the event with the Chief Guest expected to be President Yoweri Museveni.
“I am writing this letter on behalf of a coalition of all the leading religious and faith-based civil society organizations that seek to promote strong marriages, families and to protect future generations of Ugandans,” says Buturo in an invitation letter to “servants of the Lord.”
“The purpose of the service is to thank God preserving our sovereignty as a nation on this matter”
“We also wish to thank God for giving the President and the Parliament the courage and foresight to enact the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014 which is compatible with our national motto, “For God and My Country”
“We also wish to thank God for the high degree of unity that religious leaders and Ugandans have shown ever since the AHB was tabled in Parliament and later enacted into law”
The prayers are slated for March 31, 2014 at the symbolic Kololo Independence Grounds where British colonial governors handed over power to the nation’s founding father, Dr. Apollo Milton Obote slightly half a century ago.
The Anti-Homosexuality Act has attracted criticism since its signing in February with US President Barack Obama ordering aid cuts to Ugandan entities that are viewed as proponents of the anti-gay legislation. Other countries including Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway as well as the multilateral lender, World Bank have revised funding to Uganda.
However, President Museveni’s government is defiant, insisting the legislation is important to protect Ugandans against gay promoters and recruiters.
A group of human rights activists petitioned court this month seeking a repeal of the law saying it undermines the constitutional rights of individuals.
LGBT activists have since the enactment of the law cited threats of violence against them including denial of amenities like house rentals on grounds of their sexuality.
Uganda is a highly conservative country and the law has massive support among the population.