The Ugandan government said on Monday a statement in which it rejects any intention to reintroduce to Parliament a law that punishes the « promotion » of homosexuality in the country. An offense that, if passed by Parliament, would have been punishable by the death penalty.
In recent weeks, this bill on the promotion of homosexuality had created a stir in Uganda, particularly in the gay community. The law had been adopted by Parliament at first reading before being rejected by the courts, which denounced a breach of the law. The quorum required for the vote had not been reached.
This was followed by an outcry from the gay community denouncing a government witch hunt while the Ugandan penal code already criminalizes « unnatural » sexual acts.
For many, the Ugandan government’s back-pedaling comes after international donors have withdrawn their support to the country. Information not mentioned by Kampala.