15 October 2007

Uganda: Mufti Wants Gays Abandoned On Islands

Old Kampala — THE Mufti, Sheikh Ramathan Shaban Mubajje wants gays marooned on an island in Lake Victoria until they die. Sheikh Mubajje told journalists on Friday at Old Kampala Mosque that he sold his proposal to President Yoweri Museveni when they met last week at Hotel Africana.

"I asked President Museveni to get us an island on Lake Victoria and we take these homosexuals and they die out there," Sheikh Mubajje said during a press briefing after Idd el Fitr prayers.

"If they [gays] die there then we shall have no more homosexuals in the country."

According to some Muslim clerics who attended the meeting, Mr Museveni never commented on the Mufti's proposal of marooning gays.

Sheikh Mubajje said homosexuality could lead to moral decay in the society if left to blossom.

"Homosexuality led to the destruction of the whole generation of Prophet Lut and such behaviours could be devastating to our generation as well. We join other religions in the fight against homosexuality," he said.

The Mufti's statement correlates with recent plans by the Muslim Tabliq youth to form what they called an 'Anti-Gay Squad to fight homosexuality in the country.

Sheikh Multah Bukenya, a senior cleric in the Muslim Tabliq sect recently said the vice is widely spreading among the young generation.

"We are ready to act swiftly and form this squad.It is the work of the community to put an end to bad practices like homosexuality." he said.

The gay community has for a couple of weeks now been campaigning for recognition their rights.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda.

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