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Museveni finally assents to Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2023

President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has finally signed into law the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2023.

The Anti-Homosexuality Act, a highly contentious piece of legislation, has been a subject of intense discussion and lobbying both within and outside Uganda. Last month, Museveni returned the bill for review, especially in regard to clear definition between homosexuality and acts of homosexuality.

Museveni said it was wrong for the original bill to punish a homosexual or reformed homosexual who wasn't involved in the promotion or acts of homosexuality.

The new Act doesn't criminalise anyone who identifies as homosexual, but mandates life in prison for anyone who engages in homosexual acts, up to 20 years for promoting homosexuality, and a three-year sentence for children convicted of homosexuality while certain acts of gay sex could warrant the death penalty.

The speaker of parliament, Anita Among took to Twitter to express gratitude for the president's resolute action.

"I thank His Excellency, the president, for his steadfast action in the interest of Uganda," Among said. 

She noted that the parliament believes that the law safeguards the sanctity of the family, in accordance with Article 31 of the Ugandan Constitution. Additionally, she stated that the legislation aligns with the cultural values and aspirations of the Ugandan people, as outlined in objectives 19 and 24 of the national objectives and directive principles of state policy. 

She further commended the MPs for standing strong against external pressure and criticisms, attributing their resilience to the commitment to upholding Uganda's motto, "For God and our Country." 

“I now encourage the duty bearers under the law to execute the mandate bestowed upon them in the Anti-Homosexuality Act. The people of Uganda have spoken, and it is your duty to now enforce the law in a fair, steadfast, and firm manner,” she said. 

The enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act triggered widespread international reactions, with human rights organizations and advocacy groups expressing concern over its potential impact on the rights and freedoms of the LGBTQ+ community. The law has faced criticism for its potential to promote discrimination and persecution.


0 #1 Rwatoro 2023-05-29 16:56
The question of when M7 and his son Muhozi Kainerugaba will go has an answer.

His government will crumble within a short period of time. He has started a frontal conflict with the Western nations, and this will not go an answered.
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-1 #2 kabayekka 2023-05-29 19:24
One reckons this law calls all those who have been doing such inhuman iniquities for 40 years of NRM governance to come out from the closet and repent.

This includes many Uganda citizens who are well known to practice many other big sins in their lives every other day!
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0 #3 Lysol 2023-05-29 19:28
Museveni is just calling his bluff.
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0 #4 Lusindiko wogunya 2023-05-29 22:57
This is organised comedy, museveni knows which side of his breadciscbuttered, he knows the dangers of signing that bill into law but as a sharp guy, he has already negotiated his way out of it, the those who hate homosexuality are happy with him and will be happy to vote him again.

He will send his blue eyed fox odoi and Andrew mwrnda to go to court where the law will be dumped into the bin with his input
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0 #5 Simon Westmore 2023-05-30 01:17
Shameful day for Uganda.We all should respect one another and prejudice has no place in a decent country.
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