Police in Uganda have raided a US-funded HIV project which has been accused of “training youths in homosexuality.”

The Makere University Walter Reed Project building in Kampala was targeted by police, announced a Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo.

Despite not offering any further details, Opondo said a “top diplomat” was involved with the operation.

One man, Frank Mugisha, was arrested during the raid and interrogated. He said: “A lot of LGBTI people found it comfortable to go there for anti-retroviral treatment.”

A spokesman for Ugandan police Patrick Onyango, denied the raid, however saying a man posing as a police officer had threatened members of the project. He said police were looking for the man.

This is one of the first official announcements of operations seeking to persecute gay people under a new law enacted earlier this year, harshening penalties for those convicted of homosexuality, including life imprisonment.

The legislation was celebrated on Monday by a public rally, attended by President Yoweri Museveni, whio accused Western gays of promoting homosexuality.

President Yoweri Museveni gave assent to a law further criminalising same-sex sexual activity in Uganda earlier this year. The law calls for repeat offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in prison and makes it a criminal offence not to report someone for being gay.