Uganda denies report on re-introduction of anti-gay bill


Ugandan government has denied reports that there are plans to re-introduce the anti-gay bill to parliament after a court ruling prohibiting it.

According to the report by The Observer, the bill was first introduced in 2009 drawing worldwide condemnation for gay rights activists because of the tough penalties including death for aggravated homosexuality, defilement and knowingly spreading HIV/Aids.

Uganda’s constitutional court banned the law based on the fact that it was passed in parliament without a quorum.

Following local and international media reports, and threats by donors of aid to Uganda including the United States and the European Union said they were closely examining a plan by the east African nation to introduce the death penalty for gay sex, it is unlikely the East African nation will be re-introducing the bill.

A Ugandan minister told reporter that introducing a bill to bring back a previous law colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda would “curb a rise in unnatural sex” in the east African nation.

Hauwa Mustapha