Ugandan MPs pass life in jail anti-homosexual law

BBC News

Uganda’s parliament has passed a bill to toughen the punishment for homosexual acts to include life imprisonment in some cases.

The anti-homosexuality bill also makes it a crime punishable by a prison sentence not to report gay people.

The prime minister opposed the vote, saying not enough MPs were present.  

The bill has been condemned by world leaders since it was mooted in 2009 – US President Barack Obama called it “odious”.

The BBC’s Catherine Byaruhanga in Kampala says the government knows there will be an international outcry, which could see some countries suspend aid to the country.

She says that Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi might follow up on his complaints about a lack of quorum, while it remains to be seen whether President Yoweri Museveni will sign the bill into law.

The private member’s bill originally proposed the death penalty for some offences, such as if a minor was involved or the perpetrator was HIV-positive, but this has been replaced with life in prison.

Miniskirt ban

The MP behind the bill, David Bahati, told the AFP news agency: “This is victory for Uganda. I am glad the parliament has voted against evil.”

“Because we are a God-fearing nation, we value life in a holistic way. It is because of those values that members of parliament passed this bill regardless of what the outside world thinks,” he said.

The bill also bans the promotion of homosexuality.

“I am officially illegal,” Ugandan gay activist Frank Mugisha said after the vote.

The bill’s supporters say it is needed to protect traditional family values, which they say are under attack from Western-inspired gay rights groups.

Its critics say the bill has been pushed by some US evangelical Christians.

Uganda is a socially conservative country and on Thursday passed an Anti-Pornography Bill, which bans miniskirts and sexually suggestive material such as some music videos.

Human rights activists say the bill highlights the intolerance and discrimination the gay community faces in Uganda.

One gay activist was killed in 2011, although the police denied he was targeted because of his sexuality.

Meanwhile a local newspaper has been condemned for publishing the names and addresses of people it said were gay.

Briton Bernard Randall in court in Entebbe, Uganda (18 Nov. 2013)Briton Bernard Randall is facing prosecution in Uganda

Holidaymakers and visiting foreigners are not immune from prosecution under Uganda’s existing anti-homosexuality laws.

A retired British man is awaiting trial in Entebbe on charges of possessing a gay sex video after thieves found images on his laptop.

Sixty-five-year-old Bernard Randall, from Kent, faces a possible two-year prison sentence if found guilty.

His friend Albert Cheptoyek, a Ugandan national with whom he shares a house, has denied a more serious charge of carrying out “acts of gross indecency”, which could see him jailed for up to seven years if found guilty.

Map showing gay rights in Africa

7 thoughts on “Ugandan MPs pass life in jail anti-homosexual law

  1. No one has the right to tell anyone how to live their lives, also note the red ones align with heavily Muslim populated nations.

    1. And we have no right to tell the Ugandans how to live.

      If they want to imprison or execute their gay population it’s their business, and they’re only the latest in a long history of countries (including the U.S.) who have outlawed homosexuality at one time or another.

      1. Yes and thus new waves of violence will course through their unstable country. People never learn to just leave each other alone and thus Africa in particular is wracked by endless infighting and civil wars.

        1. “People never learn to just leave each other alone and thus Africa in particular is wracked by endless infighting and civil wars.”

          Oh, people could easily learn to leave one another alone, if it weren’t for that certain Satanic ‘tribe’.
          You know, the self-proclaimed ‘God’s Chosen’, the Zionist, AshkeNAZI so-called ‘jews’.

          They are responsible for the majority of terrorism in the world, whether directly, through Mossad, or indirectly, through other groups they’ve either created, or fund.

          They are a deadly cancer upon this planet and to its inhabitants. Cancers must be eradicated.


          Or they come back.

          1. Yet the bulk of people choose (freely) to believe them. This is why the only solution is the barrel of a gun, there are just no options that will stop it otherwise. This is also why the founding fathers urged eternal vigilance because even if you were to “wipe them all out” you will find that somehow one roach will always get away to start the process all over again.

  2. The sentences may seem a bit harsh to an American, but Ugandans see what Jews like Al Goldstein have done to this nation, so they’re taking sensible measures to protect their own.

    This is hilarious:
    “A retired British man is awaiting trial in Entebbe on charges of possessing a gay sex video after thieves found images on his laptop.”

    The thieves figured it was more important to report him for being gay than steal his computer.

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