Uganda: Why government is reintroducing anti-gay law

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10/03/2019

At the end of August, the Ethics and Integrity minster, Fr Simon Lokodo, said his predecessor, Mr James Nsaba Buturo, would take leave of Parliament to reintroduce a private member’s Bill against homosexuality. This came more than five years since President Museveni, on February 24, 2014, signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law before both local and international media. It became the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), 2014. The President, flanked by ministers, MPs and senior health practitioners, said people who engage in same-sex relations are mercenaries recruiting young people into gay activities to get money. “Homosexuals are nurtured but not natured. No study has shown that one can be a homosexual purely by nature. Since nurture is the cause, that is why I have agreed to sign the Bill into law,” Mr Museveni said.

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