By Francis Lubega
16th March 2023
Makerere University Law Dons have asked Parliament to drop the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023 saying that it is not necessary.
The Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023 was tabled by the Bugiri Municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa last week and it’s aimed at establishing a comprehensive and enhanced legislation to protect the traditional family through prohibiting sexual relations between persons of the same sex.
The former Dean of School of Law at Makerere University, Dr. Sylvia Tamale says that the law is not necessary as the Penal Code Act Article 145 already addresses the issues in the bill and no bill can have more punitive measures than those in the existing laws.
Tamale also warned legislators that the way this bill is structured it might come back to bite them as someone can easily claim they are homosexuals or promoters of homosexuality which sounded unpleasant to the MPs.
This attracted sentiments from Usuk County MP Bosco Okiror attacking the academician and wondered if they should ignore their responsibilities just because the law might come back to bite them.