Uganda: Museveni Finally Assents to Anti-Homosexuality Bill

President Museveni has finally assented to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2023 to make it law.

The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among revealed the development on Monday.

“His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Uganda, General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, has executed his constitutional mandate as prescribed by Article 91 (3) (a) of the Constitution. He has assented to the Anti-Homosexuality Act,” Among said in a tweet.

“As the Parliament of Uganda, we have answered the cries of our people. We have legislated to protect the sanctity of family as per Article 31 of the Constitution of Uganda. We have stood strong to defend our culture and aspirations of our people as per objectives 19 & 24 of national objectives and directive principles of state policy.”

Having been passed by parliament, President Museveni returned the Anti-Homosexuality bill back to parliament for improvement.

This followed advice by the Attorney General to President Museveni asking him not to assent to the bill in its current form.

The Attorney General, who is the chief legal advisor for government said the new law provides for mandatory death sentence for a person convicted of aggravated homosexuality which he said is in contravention with articles 21, 22(1), 28, 44(a) and 44(c) of the Constitution.

He said the Constitutional Court t has already itself on laws concerning mandatory death sentence which he said is inconsistent with the constitution.

According to the Attorney General, the new law risks violating the principle of separation of powers when it prescribes mandatory death sentence as it doesn’t not give the judiciary discretion to determine an appropriate sentence.

He cited several other provisions in the new law that he said need to be revised by parliament before it is assented to by the president or else it risks being challenged in courts of law on grounds of being unconstitutional.