Via the Saturday Monitor: Gays to spend life in jail as MPs pass Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Excerpt and then a comment:
You engage in homosexuality, you rot in jail, according to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by Parliament on Friday.
An excited Parliament debated and overwhelmingly passed the Bill which criminalises sexual intercourse between same-sex partners.
The legislation provides for a sentence of life imprisonment for anyone convicted of homosexuality, which covers gays and lesbians. A proposal to put the punishment to 14 years in jail was rejected by the House.
According to the new law, a person commits homosexuality if he penetrates the anus or mouth of another person of the same sex with his penis or any other sexual device.
The offence is also deemed to have been committed if he or she uses any object or sex device to penetrate or stimulate sexual organs of a person of the same sex or if he or she touches another person with intent to commit the act of homosexuality.
“A person who commits an offence under this section shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for life,” the passed Bill reads in part.
The MPs say legislation is to protect the traditional family setting by prohibiting sexual relations by persons of the same sex and to strengthen the nation’s capacity to check emerging threats to traditional family values.
From time to time I award the Supari Prize, named in honour of the onetime Indonesian Minister of Health Siti Fadilah Supari, who suppressed news of H5N1 cases and refused to supply virus samples on "intellectual property" grounds.
The Supari Prize normally goes to the politician or bureaucrat who does the most spectacular damage to public health in his or her bailiwick.
But in this case, I have no choice but to award it to the entire Parliament of Uganda, whose members, individually and collectively, have excitedly ensured that HIV/AIDS will continue to sicken and kill their constituents.
The prize consists of a sack of hammers, tastefully tied with a garland of red tape.