Despite reports of a U-turn on Friday, news is coming in that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is set to sign into law a controversial new bill under which homosexuals could be given long prison terms.
However, government spokesman Ofwono Opondo told Reuters news agency.
“The president is signing the anti-homosexuality bill today [Monday]”
“He wants to sign it with the full witness of the international media to demonstrate Uganda’s independence in the face of Western pressure and provocation.”
The controversial bill that punished first time offenders with up to 14 years in prison has already been soften under international pressure as it previously called for the death penalty.
The law also makes it a crime not to report gay people. It covers lesbians for the first time, and criminalises the promotion of homosexuality – even talking about it without condemning it.