Uganda says police will arrest planners of gay pride parade
21 September 2016, 19:47
Kampala - A Ugandan official says police will arrest organisers who are planning a gay pride parade in the capital, Kampala.
Simon Lokodo, a cabinet minister in charge of ethics and integrity, said in a statement on Wednesday that the event had not been cleared by the police and would offend the country's laws.
Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda under a colonial-era law.
In 2014, Uganda's president signed an anti-gay bill that originally had proposed the death penalty against some homosexual acts, but a court later jettisoned the law as unconstitutional.
Frank Mugisha, a gay rights leader, says he had been awaiting police authorisation to hold a parade this weekend at a beach on Lake Victoria.