UGANDA TO DROP DEATH PENALTY FOR GAYS
December 9, 2009: Uganda will drop the death penalty and life imprisonment for gays in a refined version of an anti-gay bill expected to be ready for presentation to Parliament in two weeks, James Nsaba Buturo, the minister of ethics and integrity, said.
The draft bill, which is under consideration by a parliamentary committee, will drop the two punishments to attract the support of religious leaders who are opposed to these penalties, Buturo said.
In addition to formulating punishments for the gay people, the bill will also promote counseling to help â€śattract errant people to acceptable sexual orientation,â€ť said Buturo.
The proposed legislation has attracted criticism from gay rights activists, both locally and internationally, who argue that the law would promote discrimination and hatred toward the gay community. (Sources: Bloomberg, 09/12/2009)