Ugandan President Moves To Deny Bail To Imprisoned Gays
It seems like only yesterday Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni was promising the world he wouldn't sign a bill making it illegal to be LGBT in the African nation. As we reported last week, however, Museveni's had a change of/lack of heart and has gone from 0 - 666 by signing the legislation.
Now he's attempting to take the human rights infraction one step further after agreeing to support an amendment that would deny bail to gays jailed under the new law.
The ruling party majority yesterday resolved to back President Museveni’s proposal to deny bail for sodomy suspects, defilers and rapists and tasked Ministry of Justice to expedite the process of amending the Constitution to that effect.
Mr Museveni, in a renewed call for the scrapping of the bail window for suspects in capital offences, told the NRM Caucus retreat in Kyankwanzi that the status-quo is encouraging crime in the country.
While corruption is not part of President’s list of targeted offences, sources told the Daily Monitor that “sodomy” was included at the behest of MPs who told their party leader that it has become such an “insidious” problem in the country.