Uganda To Introduce Kill The Gay Bill:
The ethics and integrity prime minister of Uganda has yesterday announced the plans to introduce the bill of death penalty for gays..known as “kill the gays.
The legislation – known as the ‘Kill the Gays’ bill – was dissolved five years ago on a technicality, but the government now has plans to resurrect it into active law..
‘Homosexuality is not natural to Ugandans, but there has been massive recruitment by gay people in schools, and especially among the youth, where they are promoting the falsehood that people are born like that this thought about being born like that is something that has been seen that way even in other western countries..where western parents are seen encouraging their kids to embrace whatever sexuality or gender they choose to be..
There-fore Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo said and I quote:
“Our current penal law is limited” It only criminalises the act. We want it to be made clear that anyone who is even involved in promotion of gay and recruitment of gay has to be criminalised. Those that do grave acts will be given the death sentence.’
African countries like Uganda have some of the world’s most prohibitive and strick laws governing homosexuality…as this new planned law can cause hate in the country amongst people who already have problems with LGBT community..and it can give the citizens the reason to harm the homo-sexuals seeing that the government is already trying to pass the harsh law of death penalty on them.. Same-sex relationship is seen as a taboo in most African and western countries.. As it is seen as a serious crime…especially Africans who have rich culture and tradition.
Lokodo stated that Uganda’s bill, which is supported by President Yoweri Museveni, will be reintroduced in parliament in the coming weeks, and it is expected to be voted on before the end of the year.
He was optimistic it would pass with the necessary two-thirds of members present – a shortfall in numbers killed a similar bill in 2014 – as the government had lobbied and bribed legislators ahead of its re-introduction to avoid been signed into law.
‘We have been talking to the MPs and we have mobilised them in big numbers,’ said Lokodo. ‘Many are supportive.’
Uganda’s constitutional court overturned the law – formerly known as the ‘Kill the Gays’ bill because it includes the death penalty – on a technicality in 2014.
Even without it, under British colonial law, gay sex is punishable with up to life imprisonment and activists said the new bill risked unleashing attacks.
‘Bringing back anti-gay legislation would invariably lead to a spike in discrimination and atrocities,’ said Zahra Mohamed of the Toronto-based charity Stephen Lewis Foundation.
In May, Brunei was forced to extend a moratorium on the death penalty for gay sex after celebrities such as actor George Clooney condemned a law allowing whipping and stoning to death.
senior official in Tanzania led to the east African nation’s second biggest donor, Denmark, withholding $10 million in aid.
Uganda faced widespread international condemnation when the previous bill was signed off by Museveni in 2014.
Lokodo said Uganda was prepared for any negative response.
Pepe Julian Onziema from Sexual Minorities Uganda, an alliance of LGBT+ organisations, said its members were fearful of the bill.
‘When the law was introduced last time, it whipped up homophobic sentiment and hate crimes,’ said Onziema.
‘Hundreds of LGBT+ people have been forced to leave the country as refugees and more will follow if this law is enacted. It will criminalise us from even advocated for LGBT+ rights, let alone supporting and protecting sexual minorities.’
Onziema said three gay men and one transgender woman had been killed in homophobic attacks in Uganda this year – the latest last week when a gay man was bludgeoned to death.