Rainer Ebert 18 Oct A version of the Bill was first signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni but then ruled invalid on a technicality by the courts in This will only serve to increase anti-gay hate and violence in a country where acceptance of homosexuality is already much lower than in most parts of the world, and cause suffering for thousands of innocent Ugandans.
The Ugandan government has announced it plans to reintroduce a bill that would impose the death penalty upon anyone found guilty of homosexuality. Uganda is among the countries in which consensual same-sex sexual relations are criminalized. Those that do grave acts will be given the death sentence.
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A spokesperson for President Yoweri Museveni on Monday said the government has no plans to introduce the legislation that would impose the death penalty for gay sex. Lokodo told the Thomson Reuters Foundation and local press last week that the bill was about to be tabled in the largely conservative Christian country where gay sex is currently punishable with life imprisonment under British colonial law. This prompted major aid donors on Friday to voice concerns, and a government spokesman took to Twitter on Saturday to deny any such plan.
MPs in Uganda are to push for new laws to make homosexual acts punishable by death. James Nsaba Buturo, an MP, said parliamentarians wanted to retable a bill ruled unconstitutional by a court in that would introduce capital sentences for gay sex. Homosexuality is illegal in most countries on the African continent.
From anti-gay legislation to newspaper led witch hunts, Uganda seems to have declared war on its gay citizens. A number of recent documentaries have explored this issue, and all paint a stark picture. But what is the current day to day reality for gay Ugandans?
Local activists confirm that it is to be tabled on October 28, It was invalidated by the Constitutional Court of Uganda on procedural grounds the same year. The timing of the resurrection of the bill is callous - LGBTIQ people are being used as a scapegoat as elections approach. Violence against us has escalated in recent months, countless community members have fled, and I fear it will only get worse.
Update: On October 12, a government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, tweeted that the government "does not intend to introduce any new law with regards to regulation of LGBT activities in Uganda because the current provisions in the penal code are sufficient. Kampala — Ugandan authorities should thoroughly investigate the fatal attack on October 4, on an activist for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT people, Human Rights Watch said today. The death of the activist, Brian Wasswa, comes as the Ugandan government calls for reintroducing an anti-homosexuality bill that would provide the death penalty for consensual same-sex acts.