Ugandan ethics minister James Nsaba Buturo has accused United Nations member countries of being involved in a covert mission to ‘impose’ homosexuality’ on other nations.
Speaking at a press conference today, he also said that Uganda will not bow to international pressure to adopt gay rights.
According to DPA, Mr Buturo told reporters: “At the United Nations there are attempts by some nations to impose homosexuality on the rest of us.
“We have learned that they want to smuggle in provisions on homosexuality.”
He added: “Yesterday I spoke to [Uganda's UN] ambassador Ruhakana Rugunda and reminded him of Uganda’s position, which opposes legalisation of homosexuality.
“It is the duty of Ugandans to be vigilant because agents of immorality are busy using all lies and deceptions to hurt our society.”
The minister claimed that people were being recruited to become gay, saying: “Many lies are being peddled. Such lies include foolish claims that some people are born as homosexuals. They are busy enticing Ugandans to join them. This is causing great concern among Ugandans.”
Ugandan LGBT groups have hit back at claims they are “recruiting” school children into homosexuality.
In a statement this week, they said: “We know that sexual orientation is not changeable. We are homosexuals and cannot change.
“In the same way, we cannot change heterosexuals into homosexuals. We cannot recruit. We cannot, do not, have never and never will ‘recruit’.
“We can only deduce that those levelling these claims aim to inflame the public against us, a minority group.”
A number of speakers have appeared at events in recent weeks claiming to have “quit” homosexuality and confessing to previous bribery of children to “turn gay”.
At a press conference earlier this week, Victor Mukasa, the coordinator of the Uganda Minority Sexual Rights group, attacked Stephen Langa of Family Life Network for spreading the allegations of gay recruitment.
He claimed the ‘former’ homosexuals presented by Christian groups have been paid to fuel hate against gays.
Activists say Uganda, with a population of 31 million, has some 500,000 gays and lesbians.