More than 20 LGBT Ugandans have been charged with disobeying a presidential directive to avoid large meetings, as the African country battles against the coronavirus pandemic.
Police and army targeted a local LGBT organisation living in a shelter on the outskirts of the capital city of Kampala.
According to reports, LGBT community members were beaten and forced to take a ‘walk of shame’ through the village.
Speaking to BBS TV, villagers said that the shelter in which the LGBTs resided had ‘an abnormal mannerism’ and that its residents ‘walk like girls’.
Claims that homosexual acts had taken place were also made, with some people, including evangelical Christian pastors, also blaming the shelter residents for bringing the curse of coronavirus on their village.
The arrested LGBTs are due to appear in court today.
A joint statement by the police and army records that “the assembly of 21 adult males with no known kinship linkages and their unusual home environment indicate that they could have been engaging in some criminal activities, a matter that police is investigating.”
The statement adds that “the Security Joint Task Force hereby re-echoes the directive of observing social distance and hence passes an early warning to all individuals and companies accommodating in school-like dormitories and any type of dormitories to immediately disperse to avoid arrest and being charged.”
There have been more than 30 cases of Covid-19 recorded in Uganda.
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