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Uganda embroiled in church sex scandal

Uganda's presidency for the first time Thursday commented on a scandal in which an influential born again Christian pastor with ties to the ruling family is accused of sodomy sodomy

Noncoital carnal copulation. Sodomy is a crime in some jurisdictions. Some sodomy laws, particularly in Middle Eastern countries and those jurisdictions observing Shari'ah law, provide penalties as severe as life imprisonment for homosexual intercourse, even if the

Pastor Robert Kayanja, a wealthy evangelical pastor who claims credit for converting President Yoweri Museveni and his wife, was accused of sexually abusing two teenage male church members.

The two teenagers were briefly detained by police and on Wednesday retracted re·tract  
v. re·tract·ed, re·tract·ing, re·tracts
1. To take back; disavow: refused to retract the statement.

 the allegations they had filed earlier this year, prompting accusations that the presidency had intervened to quash the scandal.

On Thursday, the State House press office convened a briefing to deny any interference in the case, which has occupied front pages for days and further incensed growing criticism of the regime.

"The president does not condone any interference with the due process of law and directs that all members of government not involved with the investigations or prosecution desist from any interference," Museveni's press secretary Tamale Tamale (təmä`lē), town (1984 pop. 136,828), capital of the Northern Region, N Ghana. It is a road junction and agricultural trade and education center.  Mirundi told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .

The five pastors who assisted the two teenagers to come forward and file a complaint with the police have charged that their statements were retracted under pressure or in exchange for money.

The accusations surfaced earlier this month when suspicion was aroused by Kayanja's offer to renovate a dilapidated police station in Kampala.

Kayanja supporters have accused rival pastors of seeking to tarnish tarnish,
n 1. surface discoloration or loss of luster by metals. Under oral conditions, it often results from hard and soft deposits.
2. a chemical process by which a metal surface is discolored or its luster destroyed.
 his name ahead of a visit by America's famous Israeli-born healing televangelist tel·e·van·gel·ist  
An evangelist who conducts religious telecasts.

[Blend of television and evangelist.]

 Benny Hinn, who is to be hosted by Kayanja's Miracle Centre Church.

Kayanja is widely seen as one of the most powerful men in Uganda and the pointman of the evangelical faith's spectacular progress at all levels of the east African country's society over the past few years.

Sodomy is punishable by life imprisonment Imprisonment
See also Isolation.

Alcatraz Island

former federal maximum security penitentiary, near San Francisco; “escapeproof.” [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 218]

Altmark, the

German prison ship in World War II. [Br. Hist.
 in Uganda and Museveni's regime has recently come out with strong statements stigmatising homoxesuals.
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Date:May 21, 2009
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