2 Ugandan men face trial on gay-sex charges

Published: April 18, 2014

Two Ugandan men accused of homosexual activity are scheduled to face trial in May.  They have been held in Luzira Prison since their arrest in December.

 
Kim Mukisa, 24, a businessman, and Jackson Mukasa,  19, pleaded not guilty Feb. 6 in a court in Kampala, where they were accused of “living as husband and wife,” the Monitor of Uganda reported.
 
They were sent to prison because they did not have the sureties needed to apply for release on bail, the Monitor reported.
 
The arrest and their trial are on charges of sexual activity “against the order of nature” under Uganda’s amended Penal Code Act of 1950.  The crime is punishable by up to a life sentence, but until the passage in December of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which prohibits “promoting homosexuality,” the former law was rarely enforced.
 
The Guardian reported that on April 16 prosecutors said they had sufficient evidence against Mukisa and Mukasa to proceed to trial.
 
They are expected to defend themselves during the trial, which is scheduled to start on  May 7, The Guardian said.
 
President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law on Feb. 24. It provides for imprisonment for five to seven years for anyone convicted of “promoting homosexuality” or who  “in any way abets homosexuality and related practices.”
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