Ugandan president won’t sign Anti-Homosexuality Bill if it’s ‘not right’Online Only, Top Highlights, Around the World Thursday, December 26th, 2013
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said he will not just sign the new Anti-Homosexuality Bill without checking it carefully, reports Gay Star News. The bill, passed by parliament in a shock move last week, no longer has the death penalty for gays, but does offer life in prison for repeat homosexuals. It also requires people in authority, including persons exercising religious or social authority, gay or straight, to report offences under the act within 24 hours or else face imprisonment for three years or a fine.
Museveni attended Christmas prayers in Mbarara, a town in west Uganda, and said he would push the bill back to parliament if he didn’t agree with it. ‘I will first go through it, if I find that it is right I will sign but if I find that it is not right I will send it back to parliament,’ he said. He was responding to a demand by Uganda’s Head of the Pentecostal Churches, Apostle Joseph Serwadda, calling on him to sign the bill into law.
Meanwhile a prominent Ugandan ragga musician has spoken out against the bill on his Facebook page. Bebe Cool said: ‘I can’t support the bill. Did the parliament know some people are born gay? ‘Does the parliament know what position they are putting the president and Uganda as a whole in, in the face of the international community? ‘Don’t u think those who are gay in Uganda now have their same equal rights as humans? And if your son became gay, would you want them to be taken to jail? ‘In my view it’s a one-way ticket to international rejection.’
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