Uganda denies plans to impose death penalty for gay sex

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Uganda has denied reports the country is planning to impose the death penalty for gay sex, following a global backlash.

The reports came after several comments made by Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Minister, Simon Lokodo, related to the reintroduction of an anti-homosexuality bill that imposes the death sentence on those found guilty of having gay sex.

Uganda denies anti-gay bill reports

Known colloquially as the “Kill the Gays” bill, reports that it could be reintroduced sparked global concern among human rights groups and international donors.

Speaking to the Thomson Reuters Foundation and local reporters last week, Simon Lokodo suggested the controversial bill could be reintroduced in Uganda, where gay sex is already punishable with life imprisonment. However, President Museveni’s senior press secretary, Don Wanyama, has since told Reuters that the bill is not being considered for reintroduction.

Uganda is considered one of the most difficult countries in Africa for gay people and sexual minority groups to live.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.