A Ugandan pastor known for his vociferous anti-gay lectures says he is organizing a rally March 24 in support of the recently enacted anti-gay law that further criminalizes homosexuality in the African country.
According to a report in The Daily Monitor, Martin Ssempa says the country’s president, Yoweri Museveni, has reportedly confirmed he will be among the participants, but a spokesperson has declined to confirm Museveni’s attendance at the demonstration, which is scheduled to start at Makerere University and end at Kampala Airport.
The Monitor quotes Ssempa as saying, “We stand by our President and our Parliament for enacting the law. This is a day to say no to sodomy.”
Several human rights activists and civil society groups in Uganda are part of a coalition that has filed a constitutional challenge against the anti-gay law, saying it violates fundamental rights and noting that there was a lack of quorum in parliament at the time of the measure’s passage.
French telecommunications company Orange also indicated it will not renew its advertising contract with the Ugandan Red Pepper newspaper, which is infamous for outing people who are gay or believed to be gay.