At the funeral of a bishop who died earlier this month, Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni, has offered praise to a man who campaigned against homosexuality.
In his condolence message delivered at last Thursday’s burial by the State Minister for Investment, Aston Kajara, President Museveni said Eustace Kamanyire should be admired as a role model.
“The late bishop could not fear losing support from foreign countries for his Orphan Project during his campaign against anti [sic] homosexuality in church,” Mr Museveni’s message read in part.
In June 2000, Dr Kamanyire received a letter banning him from preaching in a church in England due to his anti-gay views.
Uganda remains notorious for its violent record towards the LGBT community. President Museveni has so far resisted passing the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
In March, President Museveni accused European countries of trying to promote homosexuality and sexual liberalisation. He described gay people as “deviants” and claimed “there is no discrimination, no killings, no marginalisation” of gay Ugandans.