Uganda Not Planning New Anti-gay Bill, We Already Have Sufficient One – Spokesperson

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Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo

Uganda is not planning to re-introduce any new anti-gay bill as earlier reported, that is according to the government spokesperson.

Ofwono Opondo made the denial in a tweet on Saturday saying the country already has a bill to cater for the evil vice.

“STOP PRESS LGBT Bill: Government hereby clarifies that it does not intend to introduce any new law with regards to the regulation of #LGBT activities in Uganda because the current provisions in the #PenalCode are sufficient,” Ofwono tweeted.

Under the country’s Penal Code, “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” between two males carries a potential penalty of life imprisonment.

His statement came days after it was reported that the country was planning to table before parliament a new law that is supported by the president and religious leaders.

‘Homosexuality is not natural to Ugandans, but there has been a massive recruitment by gay people in schools, and especially among the youth, where they are promoting the falsehood that people are born like that,’ Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo said.

‘Our current penal law is limited. It only criminalises the act. We want it made clear that anyone who is even involved in promotion and recruitment has to be criminalised. Those that do grave acts will be given the death sentence.’

Uganda faced widespread international condemnation when the previous bill was signed off by Museveni in 2014.

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