Uganda: President Museveni To Sign Anti-gay Bill Today
February 24, 2014
President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni is set to the sign the controversial anti-gay bill that sets sets life imprisonment as the penalty for “aggravated homosexuality”.
According to local media, the President will sign into law the bill at 0800 GMT at his official residence.
Although many rights group within and outside Uganda have largely spoken against the bill, it has grown popular and quite appreciated among majority Ugandans. The rights groups have said that the clauses in the bill were excessively harsh and severe for a country where homosexuality is already illegal.
When signed, first-time offenders will be jailed 14 years while an aggravated act of homosexuality will attract a life imprisonment.
US President Barack Obama has urged Museveni not to sign the bill, saying doing so would “complicate” the relationship between the two.