Ugandan official says new bill will target homosexuals

A senior Ugandan official says draft legislation targeting homosexual acts is set to be introduced in the national assembly after a previous effort failed years ago.

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State ethics minister Simon Lokodo tells local broadcaster NTV that lawmakers supporting anti-gay legislation have “remobilized” so that the bill gets strong support.

He says that while Uganda’s penal code “only criminalizes the act,” the country needs legislation against “recruitment, promotion, exhibition” activities related to gay rights.

Lokodo has long called for the introduction of tough new legislation after a panel of judges nullified an anti-gay law enacted by President Yoweri Museveni in 2014.

That law had prescribed punishments of up to life in prison for those convicted of engaging in gay sex.

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