The government of Uganda has come out to clarify that there is no upcoming Bill of Parliament that is aimed at “killing” people that fall under the Rainbow Community.
This comes after the press (both local and international) in the past days were awash with claims of fresh measures being ready to be introduced in the Anti-Gay Bill, some as extreme as death penalty and life in prison.
The Rainbow Community [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning + (LGBTIQQ+)] has been living under threat in Uganda with suspected gay people being beaten up by mobs and lynched.
The spokesperson of the Government of Uganda, Ofwono Opondo, clarified using his Twitter that there is no intention by government to introduce a bill that intends to harass homosexuals in Uganda.
According to Opondo, the current regulations in the Penal Code that criminalise same sex marriages are enough and government doesn’t intend to make life harder for the LGBTIQQ+.
“STOP PRESS LGBT Bill: Government hereby clarifies that it does not intend to introduce any new law with regards to the regulation of #LGBT activities in Uganda because the current provisions in the Penal Code are sufficient.” Opondo tweeted.