Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill
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Ugandan gay group’s office robbed, vandalized

BY NATASHA BARSOTTI — The offices of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) have been robbed and vandalized, Identity Kenya reports.

Stolen items include computers, a gas cooker, an audio recorder and a water dispenser, according to the report.

Gay rights campaigner Frank Mugisha says the incident poses risks to the country's gay community. "'Since I got the news, I am worried what those who stole will get from the information on the computers," he told Identity Kenya.

While police are said to be investigating the incident, no arrests have yet been made. The robbery occurred just two weeks after parliament adjourned before debating the anti-homosexuality bill, which reportedly still includes the death penalty for so-called aggravated homosexuality.

Last July, the offices of another gay organization, Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG), were also broken into. Items stolen included a membership list, the report notes. No one has been arrested in connection with that incident, either. Identity Kenya says that four days before that robbery, SMUG offices were also broken into, but someone was present in the building.

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