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New Anti-Homosexuality Bill Approved By Government

New Anti-Homosexuality Bill Approved By Government

The government has given a green light to Bugiri Municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa as regards to the new Anti-Homosexuality bill.

He now has government’s approval to undertake the due process of crafting and finalizing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2023.

Apparently, the new bill is intended to prohibit same-sex relationships in Uganda. This happened after the Ministry of Finance gave Mr. Basalirwa the Certificate of Financial Implication. This allowed him to finally table the bill for first reading yesterday.

He reiterated last week’s position that the bill is intended to protect Uganda’s cultures against same sex practices.

“As a result, there is a need for a legislation to enhance offences relating to homosexuality and clear provisions for charging, investigating, prosecuting, convicting and sentencing of offenders,” Mr Basalirwa said.

The Speaker, Anita Among, encouraged legislators to not be intimidated into voting against the bill. This came amid reports that they would be denied travel visas to some countries.

As she encouraged them, she said the only thing that can intimidate her is not going to her constituency. But as long as she has access to that, ‘to hell with those countries’ she said.

Hamson Obua, the Government Chief Whip also quickly assured yesterday’s plenary how the government is not under any pressure to process the said law.

“The leadership isn’t under any pressure and the leadership of Parliament isn’t under pressure. The law we make is for the peace, order and good governance of Uganda. There is no pressure, we are constitutionally exercising what is bestowed,” Mr Obua said.

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