Homophobic minister slated to take over UN
Uganda’s staunchly anti-gay politician Sam Kutesa is set to take over as UN General Assembly President.
The outspoken anti gay politician is uncontested for the appointment, despite the fact his country invokes anti gay legislation, contrary to the UN’s charter.
If Kutesa remains uncontested he will be appointed as President of the General Assembly from June 11. According to reports in The Guardian Kutesa was chosen by the African Union as their candidate to chair the assembly.
In previous statements Kutesa has famously suggested the majority of Africans abhor homosexuality and in February he lent his support to Uganda President Yoweri Museveni’s Anti-Homosexuality Act which enforces mandatory life sentences for those found guilty of practicing homosexuality.
At the time, Kutesa said that “we shall not accept the promotion and exhibition of homosexuality, because we think that is wrong for our young people and it offends our culture”.
Milton Allimadi publisher of the New York-based Black Star News has started a petition asking Secretary of State John Kerry to deny Kutesa’ visa into the United States suggesting his appointment as General Assembly President would do irreparable damage to the UN.