Uganda anti-gay Bill goes too far

In Summary

• The Uganda Parliament this week passed a law that imposes the death sentence for 'aggravated homosexuality'.

• It will become a crime for Ugandans not to report to the police someone they know to be gay

Most people believe that homosexuality is un-African but the latest Ugandan legislation goes too far.

An anti-gay bill passed through the Ugandan parliament this week and is awaiting President Museveni' signature before passing into law.

The new law will sentence Ugandan homosexuals to prison for life even if they have not acted on their urges. 'Thought crime' is now punishable.

It has now become a criminal offence not to report to the police someone you know to be gay. In other words, if you work with someone you know to be gay, you must report that person to the police, otherwise you yourself can be charged with supporting homosexuality.

Worst of all, the new law imposes the death penalty for 'aggravated homosexuality' although that offence is not defined.

So the Ugandan parliament has criminalised private relations between consenting adults, and criminalised knowing about it and not reporting it to the police.

Homosexuality was already a criminal offence under the Ugandan Penal Code. Was there any need to introduce these additional draconian measures?

In reality, this is just another version of the 'woke' culture wars tearing Europe and America apart. It is a deliberate distraction from the real issues facing Uganda.

Quote of the day: "Everything has two sides - the outside that is ridiculous, and the inside that is solemn."

Olive Schreiner
The South African author was born on March 24, 1855

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