A Ugandan cleric has said that the ‘spread’ of homosexuality in his country is as a result of the “greed for money,” reports the Daily Monitor.

Speaking at a school function on Sunday in the Kayunga District, Mukono Diocese Bishop Eria Paul Luzinda said:

“Many Ugandans today think that money is everything and are ready to do anything, be it immoral, to get it… Because of their greed for money our people have taken on immoral acts like homosexuality and lesbianism.”

He urged school authorities to stamp out homosexuality among the youth as they would become the leaders of tomorrow.

“The youth are the main target of these acts but I want to advise you not to be enticed into such acts because they will ruin your life,” he told students.

The Bishop has previously slated European attitudes towards homosexuality, saying earlier this year:

“The government should not be tempted to legalise this backward culture which is bound to destroy this country. Not all that comes from Europe is superior and must be taken up by us.”

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda, with offenders facing up to five years in prison. Same-sex marriage has also been banned.

Government officials, including President Yoweri Museveni, have called for a strengthening of anti-gay laws. LGBT activists have reportedly been harassed and tortured by the authorities.

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