The World Organisation of the Scout Movement has been urged to act after it came to light that the man behind Uganda’s murderous anti-gay bill is the head of the country’s Scout movement.
The UK Scout Association has also been asked to sever links with Uganda by OutRage!, the London-based gay rights group following reports from Kampala that the head of the Ugandan Scout Board, David Bahati, has said that members should embrace the provisions of his Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
“The leader of the scout movement in Uganda is demanding the execution of all scouts and scout leaders who commit repeated homosexual acts,” said OutRage!’s Peter Tatchell.
“Chairman of the Scout Board of Uganda, David Bahati, is proposing that all serial homosexual offenders, including scouts and scout leaders, should be hanged – even children,” he added.
Bahati, who is also a member of parliament, is the architect of the anti-gay bill and introduced it into Uganda’s legislature.
“His Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which is currently before the Ugandan Parliament, stipulates the death penalty for repeat same-sex relations and life imprisonment for all other homosexual acts, even for mere kissing, touching or caressing,” noted Tatchell.
According to the activist, he has been informed that the World Organisation of the Scout Movement has written to the Chief Scout and the Chief Commission of the Uganda Scout Association on the issue, but the content of the communication has not been revealed.