By Jocelyn Edwards
KAMPALA | Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:01am EDT
(Reuters) - Uganda said on Wednesday it was banning 38 non-governmental organizations it accuses of promoting homosexuality and recruiting children.
Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda, along with more than 30 other countries in Africa, and activists say few Africans are openly gay, fearing imprisonment, violence and losing their jobs.
Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo told Reuters the organizations being targeted were receiving support from abroad for Uganda's homosexuals and accused gays and lesbians of "recruiting" young children in the country into homosexuality.
"The NGOs are channels through which monies are channeled to (homosexuals) to recruit," the minister, a former Catholic priest, said.