Uganda passes death penalty law for homosexual offenders

Uganda passes death penalty law for homosexual offenders

An ongoing House session in Uganda. PHOTO|COURTESY

As the sky dusked in Uganda on Tuesday, March 22, so were members of Parliament coming to a consensus about introducing a death penalty for the offence of aggravated homosexuality, minutes after enacting the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

The Bill proposes tough new penalties for same-sex relationships, which were arrived at after hours of bickering in the House. 

The death penalty was revised from a previously proposed punishment of 10 years' imprisonment according to the Daily Monitor.

In the enacted Bill, aggravated homosexuality is defined as the offence of homosexuality on persons below 14 years or above 75.

Other persons considered victims are persons living with disability or mental illness, persons suffering from a terminal illness, or if the offender is a parent, guardian or serial offender.

The proposed penalties now await President Museveni's approval to assent it into law.

Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda and it was not immediately clear what new penalties had been agreed upon.

According to the Penal Act Code, any person charged guilty with the offence faces a 14 years' imprisonment.

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