Tickets sell out for London summit attended by anti-gay Ugandan President

Nick Duffy October 17, 2014
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Tickets have sold out for a trade investment summit attended by Uganda’s anti-gay President Yoweri Museveni.

The African leader – who oversaw the introduction of the country’s first Anti-Homosexuality Act before it was struck down by a court – is scheduled to attend the Global African Investment Summit next week.

The event will be held at the Savoy Hotel on October 20-21, with the Presidents of Tanzania, Ghana and Rwanda all also attending.

Despite incredibly high ticket prices for the event – with a delegate place costing a steep £2,495 – it has now entirely sold out.

The website now states: “The Summit is now Sold Out and appplication (sic) to attend is Closed.”

The event is sponsored by Visa, Sepco, Prudential, Standard Chartered, PwC, and law firm Baker & McKenzie, among others.

The homophobic Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, was due to speak at another investment forum in London last month, but was dropped from the event after pressure from gay rights campaigners.

President Museveni, who has backed attempts to put another anti-gay law in place, recently warned: “We want to protect our children from homosexuality, but we do not want to kill our trade opportunities.”

His comments are a u-turn from when he proclaimed in March: “We don’t need aid in the first place, Uganda is one of the richest countries on Earth!”

He added there were “more terrible things” than homosexuality in the West – like oral sex.

He said: “Oral sex! The mouth is for eating, it’s not for that purpose.”

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