The Rev. Canon Kapya Kaoma, an Episcopal priest and a project director at Political Research Associates, wrote this commentary about the influence of Russian homophobia on Africa and what to expect with regard to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda. A native of Zambia, Kaoma wrote the reports Colonizing African Values and Globalizing the Culture Wars.
Published: January 28, 2014
Uganda President Museveni Will Likely Sign Anti-Homosexuality Law
While international media praises Ugandan President Museveni for “blocking” the Anti-Homosexuality bill—in reality he’s politically weak, trying to appease both sides, and will likely sign the bill.
My tweet was a response to news stories claiming that Uganda President Yoweri Museveni had blocked the “anti-gay bill,” which was passed in Parliament on December 20, 2013 despite objections by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi over the lack of a quorum. Previously known as “Kill the Gays” bill, the version passed in December had eliminated the death penalty but maintained a punishment of life imprisonment for “aggravated” homosexuality—namely, having sex with a person who is under 18 years old or disabled, or instances in which the “offender” is HIV positive .
The penalty also holds for “serial offenders”— people who have been previously convicted for the crime of homosexuality. As noted by the Uganda Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, the bill targets the promotion of homosexual acts “ in public institutions and other places through or with the support of any government entity in Uganda or any other non-governmental organization inside or outside the country.”
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