The move by Ugandan Police to endorse a workshop on gay rights caused uproar, with Christians and non Christians alike expressing their outrage at the security body for endorsing “what the constitution gravely condemns and points to as illegal” in the country.
Police spokesman, Mr Emilian Kayima confirmed to Journalists that the workshop funded by police partners was aimed at teaching field officers to appreciate that “minorities have rights that should be respected.”
Mr Kayima, who just replaced AIGP Asan Kasingye, however disregarded claims that it promoted homosexual practises.
““If an intersexual person is arrested, the officers should be able to know how to handle the suspect. The officers must be able to know whether to detain the suspect in male or woman’s cell,” he told the Daily Monitor on Thursday.
Contrary to what media reported, sources claim the workshop was organised by an NGO called Most At-Risk Populations Network (MARPs).
“They sought to sensitize people about LGBT and police officers are also part of the section invited,” the source says.
MARPs Network is most popular in LGBTI circles for response to, the STD/AIDS Control Programs with a focus on sex workers (SWs) and men who have sex with men (MSM), lesbians, fishing communities, boda boda riders and truckers . Read more via UG Christian News