Mon, 25 Sep 2023

KAMPALA, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed the contentious anti-homosexuality bill into law, the Speaker of Parliament said here Monday.

Museveni assented to the bill that imposes death and life-imprisonment sentences for certain same-sex acts, up to 20 years in jail for promotion and funding of same-sex activities and according to it, a suspect convicted of attempted aggravated homosexuality faces 14 years in prison.

"The president ... has executed his constitutional mandate ... He has assented to the Anti-Homosexuality Act," said Anita Among, speaker of Parliament. "As the Parliament of Uganda, we have answered the cries of our people. We have legislated to protect the sanctity of (the) family."

A total of 371 lawmakers voted for the anti-homosexuality bill after President Museveni returned it to parliament for reconsideration and amendment in May.

Among said the duty bearers should now enforce the law in a fair, steadfast, and firm manner.

The anti-homosexuality bill in 2014 prompted widespread international criticism and was later nullified by the country's Constitutional Court on technicalities. The court ruled that the bill was passed without the mandatory parliamentary quorum.

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