Ugandan ethics minister, James Nsaba Buturo, has claimed that some UN member states are involved in a covert campaign to “impose homosexuality on the rest of us.”

Speaking at a press conference last Friday, Buturo told reporters “We have learned that they want to smuggle in provisions on homosexuality.”

He also reminded Uganda’s UN ambassador, Ruhakana Rugunda, of Uganda’s position on homosexuality, claiming that it is “unnatural, abnormal, illegal, dangerous, and dirty”.

Buturo insisted that the constitution affords no rights to sexual minorities. “They have been making claims that they are protected as a minority group. If we accept that homosexuals are a minority group then robbers are going to come to us to say that ‘we too are a minority group’.”

LGBT Ugandans have spoken out, stating: “We deserve equal rights and protection under the law and constitution. We don’t deserve to be demonised and falsely accused in the name of ignorance of who and what we are.”

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda and carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

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