A Ugandan MP wears a robe who rejects LGBT. Photo/The Guardian
KAMPALA – Parliamentarian Uganda approve anti- LGBTQ+ which are considered controversial. According to this law, the offender homosexual punishable by death which immediately drew strong criticism from human rights activists.
Of 389 legislators only two voted against the hardline anti-homosexuality bill on Tuesday evening local time. The bill introduces the death penalty and life imprisonment for gay sex and the recruitment, promotion and financing of same-sex activities.
“A person who commits a grave and responsible offense of homosexuality, on conviction to suffer death,” reads the bill proposed by Robina Rwakoojo, chair of legal and parliamentary affairs as quoted by The Guardian, Wednesday (22/3/2023).
Only two lawmakers from the ruling party, Fox Odoi-Oywelowo and Paul Kwizera Bucyana, opposed the new law.
“The bill is ill-conceived, contains unconstitutional provisions, reverses noted advantages in the fight against gender-based violence and criminalizes individuals instead of behavior that goes against all known legal norms,” said Odoi-Oywelowo.
“The bill does not introduce any added value to the existing law book and legislative framework,” he added.
An earlier version of the bill sparked widespread international condemnation and was subsequently overturned by Uganda’s constitutional court on procedural grounds. The bill will now be submitted to President Yoweri Museveni, who can veto it or sign it into law.
In a recent speech, he appeared to express his support for the bill.
An MP in the room, John Musila, wore a gown that read: “Say No To Homosexuality, Lesbianism, Gay.”
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