Four people have reportedly been arrested in Uganda in the Buikwe district, located in central Uganda along Lake Victoria.
Police told the AFP that that four people – two of whom were women – were arrested after receiving a tip that “homosexuality” was happening at a massage parlor in the area.
“The police operation was carried out following a tip-off by a female informant to the area security that acts of homosexuality were being carried out at the massage parlor,” said police spokesperson Hellen Butoto.
The arrests come just months after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the country’s new Anti-Homosexuality Act, which contains provisions allowing for the death penalty in cases of “aggravated homosexuality.” Even though the World Bank and the U.S. have condemned the law as a violation of human rights, the Christian-marjority nation has stood its ground, accusing the West of “blackmail.”
“We do not consider homosexuality as a constitutional right,” Chris Baryomunsi, Uganda’s Information Minister, said of the international backlash. “It is just a sexual deviation which we do not promote as Ugandans and Africans.”