The government in Uganda has announced its plans for a bill that would see people convicted for being gay face the worst punishment.
Even though it’s already a crime to be gay in the country, the new legislation is being brought in to stop the rise of what a government official says “is not natural to Ugandans”. It has been said that the law may be brought in in just a few weeks.
The bill was first introduced to the African nation 5 years ago, but was then revoked on a technicality. The general method of taking the lives of civilians in the country is hanging.
Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that being gay “is not natural to Ugandans, but there has been massive recruitment by gay people in schools, and especially among the youth, and they’re promoting the falsehood that people are born like that”.
He noted that he believes their current penal law is limited, as it only criminalizes the act. However, the government has made it clear that anyone who is even involved in promotion and recruitment has to be criminalized, and those that do grave acts will be given the death sentence.
A few African have introduced similar penalties, including Sudan and parts of Nigeria.