Uganda anti-gay bill author clarifies killing people over small issues

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The author of the controversial anti-gay bill which was recently tabled in Uganda’s parliament, David Bahati, has said that pro-gays in Uganda and the world at large are distorting what is in the bill to win sympathy.

Bahati, during an interview today in Kampala said that he tabled the bill in good faith but the bad elements who are misinforming the world about it are making him look like someone who enjoys seeing people killed “over small issues”.

“Pro-gays comments about the anti gay bill which I tabled in parliament is confusing donors and the whole world at large. They use media houses like CNN, BBC, and New York times to distort facts,” said Bahati.

He also said that in order to make the bill look very bad they are concentrating on negatively commenting on proposed death penalty.

“The pro-gays have made the world believe that whoever will be found guilty of getting involved in homosexuality will be sentenced to death. No. Only when an adult forces a child or someone under the age of 18 into homosexuality, that is where death penalty should apply,” he continued.

According to him, he has the support of most Members of Parliament and they are collectively pushing on the bill. He said he can not withdraw the bill as some government officials are considering to request him to do.

Ever since the anti-gay bill was tabled in Uganda parliament towards the end of last year, there has been international outcry over its brutality especially the proposed death penalty in it.

That has led government officials considering the option of having the bill withdrawn.

 Also read: Uganda to withdraw anti-gay bill as economy nosedives

Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda  The Anti-Homosexuality Bill introduced in 2009 by MP David Bahati seeks to impose the death penalty on gay men who are HIV-positive for “aggravated homosexuality”. In Uganda today, homosexuality is already a crime punishable by a prison life term. This proposed law would not only condemn HIV positive gay men and "repeat offenders" to death, it would also jail for three years anyone who knows a gay man but refuses to report them to the authorities. In addition to that, anyone who defends gay rights in public will be sentenced to seven years in prison.
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