Jun 022013

Simon Lokodo, Priest and Government Minister.

Melanie Nathan- June 2, 2013  site:  oblogdeeoblogda  gave me this information.  Melanie is a lawyer and activist and her blogs are always informative.

Simon Lokodo holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA), in Theology from the Pontifical Urbaniana University. His Master of Arts (MA) in Theology was also obtained from the University of Rome. Also from the same university, he was awarded the Diploma in Rural Sociology, the Diploma in Social Communication, the Diploma in Philosophy & Social Science and the Certificate in the Italian Language. He obtained his Diploma in Theology from Makerere University, Uganda’s oldest university; founded in 1922. Lokodo also holds a Certificate in the German Language obtained from an institution in Austria and a Certificate in the French Language, obtained from an institution in Paris, France.
Work experience

Lokodo first entered politics in June 2006, at the age of 49 years, to contest in a special election where the incumbent Member of Parliament had died of natural causes. Prior to that he was the Parish Priest for Kaabong Parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kotido. He won the special election and went to represent Dodoth County, Kaabong District, in the Ugandan Parliament. Two and half years later, in February 2009, he was appointed to the Cabinet as the Minister of State for Industry, Technology. In the cabinet reshuffle of 27 May 2011, he was relocated to the Ethics and Integrity portfolio. He is equally well known for his unequivocal position to fight homosexuality in all forms and recently even raided with the Police, a gay activist workshop where participants were arrested. He immediately blamed foreigners saying “they should go home” and that ” He does not support bestiality and lesbianism”. . Amnesty International condemned this police raid.

paula here:  “How can a Roman Catholic priest reconcile the life of Jesus with his actions to persecute children of God?”  

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