Tutu pleads for Ugandan gay rights

The Archibishop has called on Yoweri Museveni to abandon his anti-gay legislation plans.

 Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on Sunday 23 February pleaded with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni not to go ahead with his anti-homosexuality bill. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has pleaded with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni not to go ahead with his anti-homosexuality bill.

Last week the Ugandan president vowed to sign into law anti-gay legislation.

In a statement released on Sunday Tutu says he was saddened to learn of Museveni's decision to consider passing the law.

Tutu says there's no scientific justification for prejudice and discrimination in society.

He says President Museveni gave him his word last month that he would not sign the anti-gay law in Uganda and he's shocked to hear that he's reconsidering his position.

Last week Home Affairs granted a Ugandan gay rights activist an exceptional skills work permit after he abandoned his asylum application.

Several rights groups have raised concerns that the activist could be jailed for life or attacked in his home country if he returns.

Tutu has appealed to Museveni to use his country's debate around the anti-homosexuality bill as a catalyst to further strengthen the culture of human rights and justice in Uganda.