Uganda is planning to reintroduce a bill which would impose the death penalty on gay people.
Referred to as the Kill The Gays bill, the legislation is to be reintroduced to the country’s parliament within a few weeks, five years after it was originally nullified on a technicality.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation reports Uganda’s Ethics & Integrity Minister, Simon Lokodo, as saying: “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.
“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.”
News of the bill’s return comes only months after a similar controversy, when the country of Brunei Darussalam caused international outrage by introducing laws which would have seen gay sex being punished by stoning to death. Brunei’s sultan backtracked on the legislation following a deluge of global criticism.
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