Following the recent passage of a bill that seeks to jail all gay people in Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni has called on Africa to ‘save the world from homosexuality’. The bill, which imposes the death penalty for ‘aggravated homosexuality’, will soon become law in Uganda, and will also ban any promotion, conspiracy or engagement in same-sex relationships.
Human rights groups have criticized the law as ‘appalling’, and Amnesty International has urged the President to veto the bill, citing its devastating effects on LGBTQ individuals.
During a speech on April 2, Museveni described homosexuality as ‘a big threat and danger to the procreation of human race’, and called for Africa to lead the way in preventing its spread. He questioned how human beings would be propagated if people of opposite sex stopped appreciating one another.
The controversial anti-homosexuality bill was passed on March 21, amidst much controversy, in a crowded parliamentary chamber in Kampala.