Five Ugandans have been arrested under the country’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act on charges of allegedly “promoting homosexuality” to minors, according to the Daily Monitor newspaper in Kampala.
The newspaper reports that those arrested include a teacher, two students, and two businessmen. Police reportedly arrested the group over the course of a week, after locals informed police of their suspicions that the group was “carrying out clandestine movements in both primary and secondary schools in the district, luring the pupils and students” into homosexuality, according to the Monitor. The alleged crimes reportedly took place in Uganda’s Pader District, located about 250 kilometers north of the capital city of Kampala. The names of those arrested were not mentioned in the report, nor were the dates of their apprehensions.
The Monitor article twice mentions the fact that Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act provides especially harsh penalties of up to life in prison for “aggravated homosexuality.”