The government of Uganda announced that they are going to revive a bill that is going to impose Death Penalty on Homosexuals if they are found guilty in promoting and recruiting people into becoming homosexuals.
Simon Lokodo, the Ethics and Integrity Minister of Uganda, said, “Homosexuality is not natural to Ugandans, but there has been massive recruitment by gay people in schools, and especially among the youth, where they are promoting the falsehood that people are born like that.”
Minister Lokodo added, “Our current penal law is limited. It only criminalizes the act. We want it made clear that anyone who is even involved in promotion and recruitment has to be criminalized. Those that do grave acts will be given the death sentence.”
The bill was removed 5 years ago, but now, the government wants to bring it back.
The bill is popularly known as the “Kill The Gays” Bill and the authorities are planning to bring the bill back in a couple of weeks.
Homosexuality is not accepted in Africa, and in some countries, there are punishments that can place homosexuals into prison until death.
In Sudan, Somalia, Northern Nigeria, and Mauritania, Homosexuality is punishable by death.
Before this, the Sultan of Brunei announced that they are planning to make gay sex punishable by death and anyone who is found guilty in doing the act will be stoned or whipped to death.
When the Sultan of Brunei announced their plans, George Clooney, Elton John, and a number of well-known celebrities threatened to boycott hotels that are owned by the Dorchester Collection Group, which is an investment agency that is owned by Brunei.
Minister Lokodo said the bill is going to be presented before the parliament in the upcoming weeks.
The minister believes the bill will be in law again before the year ends.
The bill also has the support of President Yoweri Museveni.
When the original “Kill The Gays” bill came into law, the United States of America reduced the amounts of aid they provided to Uganda, canceled joint military exercises, and imposed visa restrictions.
Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the World Bank also suspended their aid when the law was imposed.
Minister Lokodo said they know the things that are going to happen if the bring back the barbaric law.
During a press release, Minister Lokodo said, “It is a concern. But we are ready. We don’t like blackmailing.”
He added, “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.”