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Uganda: Government minister Simon Lokodo leads charge against gay activists

Uganda's government minister Simon Lokodo threatens to have activists arrested.
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Members of the Ugandan gay community mourn at the funeral of murdured activist David Kato near Mataba on Jan. 28, 2011. (Marc Hofer/AFP/Getty Images)

NAIROBI, Kenya — Homosexuals in Uganda — and in much of the rest of Africa — have plenty to fear from security forces, from conservative fellow citizens and from your garden variety homophobes, but it's a rare day when the politicians leave the arena of rhetoric and actually get their hands dirty.

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Displaying rare zeal for a government minister Simon Lokodo, Uganda's junior minister for ethics and integrity, led the charge on a group of lesbian and gay activists, disrupting their meeting about — yes — gay rights and threatening to have them all arrested.

It is, of course, no surprise at all that Lokodo is also known as a serving Catholic priest when he is not moonlighting in politics.

Imagine what Uganda could be like if only other ministers would show such alacrity in delivering on their portfolios.

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa/uganda-government-minister-simon-lokodo-against-gay-activists

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