Minister of State for Ethics & Integrity Simon Lokodo plans to introduce the anti-gay law again which will impose death penalty on gays.
The minister of State for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo has announced plans to reintroduce the law bill “kill the gays” in the East African nation. The establishment of the anti-gay law is scheduled for the weeks to come after it was nullified by the Constitutional Court in August 2014.
“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,” announced the Minister Simon Lokodo.
“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”.
According to current laws which date back to British colonial rule, gay sex is punishable with up to life imprisonment.
“Our current penal law is limited. It only criminalises the act,” explained Lokodo.
“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,” he added.
Uganda and international condemnation
In the wake of the anti-gay law implementation five years ago, a number of Western countries imposed visa restrictions. They also suspended and dissolute military exercises.
“We don’t like blackmailing,” expressed the minister.
“Much as we know that this is going to irritate our supporters in budget and governance, we can’t just bend our heads and bow before people who want to impose a culture which is foreign to us”.
Pepe Julian Onziema, from Sexual Minorities Uganda, an alliance of LGBT+ organisations worries that this anti-gay law will instigate the number of homophobic attacks.
“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 advocating for LGBT+ rights, let alone supporting and protecting sexual minorities”.