In the news this morning, president Museveni has signed the anti-homosexuality bill into law after parliament sent it back for the second time to his table. The restrictive anti-homosexuality bill comes with tough punishments and fines for those convicted on promoting, recruiting and practicing homosexuality or lesbianism in Uganda.
The president has been under intense pressure from his western donors who have categorically stated that Uganda risks to lose on funding if the anti-homosexuality bill is signed into law.
The foreign powers have termed it a bad bill now a bad law which will infringe on the rights of Ugandans and will deter the fight against HIV/AIDs. Uganda gets over $300 million from western backed organizations like USAID, UNAIDS, PEPFAR which help in buying drugs for the over One million Ugandans living with HIV/AIDS.
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Making the tough decision to sign the bill into law now pauses a high chance that government will now have to take care of the Ugandans living with HIV/AIDs and other funding in key sectors of Health, Security, Education, governance, Agriculture, transport among others.
The news regarding the signing of the bill was revealed by Parliament director of Communications Chris Obore via his social media where he said president has notified parliament that he has finally signed the bill into law.
The bill was first introduced in parliament and passed in December 2013, signed into law in February 2014 but quashed by courts of law on grounds of quorum in August 2014. It was re-introduced by Bugiri legislator Asuman Basalilwa and first passed on 22nd March 2023 but returned by the president early last month. It was passed again on 2nd May 2023 but did not get the publicity because of the killing of minister Engola by bodyguard on the same day.
According to Obore, the president also signed into law the Museums & Monuments bill 2022, The Public Health amendment bill 2022, The markets bill 2022, microfinance deposits taking institutions amendment bill 2022 all into laws.
The President has notified Parliament that he has assented to the following Bills:
Museums & Monuments Bill 2022, The Public Health Amendment Bill 2022, The Markets Bill 2022, MicroFinance Deposits taking Institutions amendment Bill 2022 & The AntiHomosexuality Bill 2023.
— Chris Obore (@ChrisObore1) May 29, 2023
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