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Uganda police raids HIV project for ‘training youths in gay sex’

Uganda police raids HIV project for ‘training youths in gay sex’

Uganda police raided the offices of a HIV charity for ‘training youths in gay sex’, a spokesman said today (4 April).

The authorities are alleged to have shut down the Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Kampala yesterday, arresting and interrogating at least one Ugandan citizen.

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo confirmed the raid, saying on Twitter: ‘Police burst Water Reed Project in Makerere University #training youths in homosexuality.’

The project – a non-profit partnership between the Uganda university and the US Military HIV Research Program – was known to offer services to gay people who have HIV and AIDS.

Pepe Julian Onziema, a LGBTI rights activist, also reported on the raid.

He said authorities ransacked the place for conducting ‘illegal homosexual research’.

Patrick Onyango, a spokesman for Ugandan police, denied the raid happened at all.

He told the Associated Press a man pretending to be a police officer threatened workers at the project that has since been closed by administrators.

‘Yesterday somebody claiming to be a police officer went and arrested one of the workers there,’ Onyango said.

‘Today the management of [the project] has decided to close the place. We are not investigating that place at all.’

Under the new anti-gay law, homosexuality is punishable with up to life in prison and promoting LGBTI rights is illegal.

Around 1.5 million Ugandans – around 7% of the total population – are infected with HIV according to the United Nations program on HIV and AIDS.