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Uganda: Students expelled for ‘recruiting’ others into homosexuality

Parents call the school's actions irresponsible: report

A number of Ugandan secondary school students have been expelled for allegedly "recruiting" others into homosexuality. Credit: embraceuganda.org

More than 20 students at a Ugandan secondary school have been expelled for allegedly forming a society aimed at "recruiting" others into homosexuality, The Observer reports.

The report quotes an unnamed teacher at Iganga secondary school, which dismissed 13 students on one day and nine on another, as saying that the decision to act on the allegations at the end of the academic year was to ensure that there was minimum disruption and to avoid affecting "innocent students." 

But parents and residents who live in the vicinity of the school are unhappy with how the school has handled the matter, saying that the administration acted irresponsibly and could jeopardize the future of the expelled students, the report adds.

Meanwhile, police arrested a former national football coach in Uganda's capital, Kampala, on sodomy charges Dec 16. Last year, the tabloid Red Pepper published photos of Chris Mubiru and ran a headline that alleged he was "sodomizing players" on the Cranes team, which he had been managing.

According to Nigeria's PM News, Mubiru is being held in connection with images that appeared in the media and with video recordings that are reportedly in police possession.

A Daily Monitor report says Mubiru denies he is the person in the photos and videos. The newspaper also says a police spokesperson is calling on those with complaints against the accused to come forward and give statements.

Earlier this month, a former Ugandan ethics minister called on MPs to pass a beleaguered anti-gay bill, saying he planned to lobby voters to put pressure on legislators to do so immediately, The Observer reports.

James Nsaba Buturo told reporters that gay rights supporters are on a "propaganda spree" and are leveraging a number of international organizations to press their opponents  to "normalize" homosexuality.