Updated: Uganda court annuls anti-homosexuality law

Uganda’s constitutional court has annulled the recently enacted anti-gay legislation on process grounds. A strong advocate of the legislation says the government plans to appeal to the nation’s supreme court.


Uganda’s Constitutional Court has annulled tough anti-gay legislation signed into law in February.

It ruled that the bill was passed by MPs in December without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal.

Homosexual acts were already illegal, but the new law allowed for life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality” and banned the “promotion of homosexuality”.

UPDATE from The Daily Monitor.

Ndorwa West MP, David Bahati on Friday said that the Attorney General will petition the Supreme Court over the Constitutional Court ruling on the Act; just hours after court nullified it (Anti-Homosexuality law) which was approved by President Yoweri Museveni in February 2014.

“I want to thank the speaker, MPs who stood for what is right. The lawyer that represented government said she was not given chance to prove that there was quorum in parliament.

A panel of five judges including, the Acting Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma, Justices, Augustine Nshimye, Eldad Mwangusya, Solomy Balungi Bossa and Rubby Aweri Opio on a unanimous voted to nullify the law saying Ms Kadaga was warned by three people including Premier Amama Mbabazi against passing it (the law) but she ignored.

The Guardian has an extensive story on the petitioners to the constitutional court.

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