Uganda’s Parliament to Reintroduce Anti-Homosexuality Law

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A new bill seeking to control acts of homosexuality is due to be presented in the Parliament of Uganda.

The Speaker of Parliament Anita Among told a gathering of legislators and religious leaders during the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service held at Parliament this morning that the legislature is determined to lead the country in the fight against homosexuality that has ravaged education institutions.

Parliament first passed the Anti-Homosexuality Act on 20 December 2013 prescribing life sentences and death penalty for those convicted of participating in the acts of homosexuality.

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President Yoweri Museveni signed the Act into law on 24 February 2014 before it was annulled by the Constitutional Court on grounds that it was passed without the requisite quorum in the August House.

The Act was a Private Member’s Bill introduced as the Anti Homosexuality Bill, 2009 by Ndorwa East Member of Parliament David Bahati.

 

The  Bill had proposed life imprisonment for gay sex, including oral sex, and life imprisonment for aggravated homosexuality, including sex with a minor or while HIV-positive.

It also suggested life imprisonment for living in a same-sex marriage, Seven-year jail sentences for those attempting to commit homosexuality and between five and seven years in jail or a 150 Million Shillings fine or both for the promotion of homosexuality.

Equally, businesses or non-governmental organizations found guilty of the promotion of homosexuality would have their certificate of registration cancelled.

When the Bill was passed into law, several donors in countries like Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA were prompted to suspend aid to Uganda.

But Speaker Anita Among says that despite the setback in the Bahati Bill, Parliament will exercise its mandate and table the Anti-Homosexuality Bill again.


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The Speaker also observed that while the promoters of homosexuality are on a rampage, and hiding behind human rights to push for their cause, Parliament will detest the vice that is corrupting the morals and values of Ugandans.

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga who attended the Ecumenical Service stayed away from the subject and instead in his remarks asked God to help leaders in Uganda to desist from being self-seeking, self-serving and domineering over the weak.



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