Uganda: Electoral defeat for 2 notoriously anti-gay officials

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02/01/2021

The two defeated politicians are Haji Abdul Kiyimba, the former Mayor of Nsangi Town Council in Wakiso District in central Uganda, and the Rev. Simon Lokodo, the Minister of Ethics and Integrity. Kiyimba is facing charges of torture and degrading treatment of young men arrested last year during a raid that he spearheaded last March against a homeless shelter. Haji Kiyimba was rejected by the people of Bukoto South constituency in Lwengo District (central Uganda). Running on the ruling National Resistance Party (NRM) ticket, he was defeated by the little known Dr. Twaha Kagabo Muzei. Lokodo, a member of parliament since 2006, has actively campaigned against homosexuals for years. Lokodo, who is also a NRM supporter, was running as an independent in Dodoth County West in Karenga district (Karamoja Sub-Region). He lost to Ben Batom Koryang, who had earlier defeated Lokodo in the NRM primaries. “Their losses may not have been directly related to their positions and actions against the LGBT community, but I am glad that voters have rejected two leaders who have openly used and abused their positions in government to violate the rights of LGBT persons in Uganda,” said Vincent, a film maker based in Kampala.

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