By Francis Lubega
21st March 2023
Ugandan Parliament has passed the Life Imprisonment to convicts of acts of for homosexuality in the country during the second reading of the Anti Homosexuality Bill.
In a fully attended plenary on Tuesday evening, Parliament looked to consider passing the Anti-Homosexuality bill 2023 on which was tabled two weeks back by the Bugiri Municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa in a bid to prohibit the promotion and marketing of acts of same-sex relationship.
The bill was first read by Basalirwa in parliament on March 9th 2023 and sent to the parliamentary committee of Legal Affairs for scrutiny and after which a report be tabled in parliament.
Now on Tuesday, the same committee tabled the report and read it for the second and third reading after which voting by showing hands which was expected but hadn’t been conducted by press time.
During the debate, there were 384 MPs out of the 529 voting legislatures which are already surpassing the needed quorum of 176 members.
Some of the clauses amended are 8 where MPs have proposed life sentences to those lowering children into homosexuality contrary to 10 years as proposed by the report.