Court Rules Anti-Gay Law is illegal
The Constitutional Court has nullified the anti-Homosexuality Act signed into law by president Museveni in February. The law was challenged in the court by counsels Alaka, Nicholas Opio, and eight others, on grounds that it was passed without quorum.
Headed by Justice Stephen Kavuma , the court upheld the petitioners’ assertion that the Act was passed without quorum and the Speaker of parliament , Rebecca Kadaga illegally turned a deaf ear to the calls by Prime minister Amama Mbabazi to ascertain quorum before enactment.“We have come to the conclusion that She (Kadaga) acted illegally. The act of the 9th Parliament to enact the AHA without quorum is in contravention of Articles 2(1), 88 and 94 of the constitution as well as Rule 32 of the Parliamentary rules of procedure and therefore null and void,” declared Justice Kavuma.
Homosexual acts were already illegal, but the new law allowed for life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality” and banned all forms of “promotion of homosexuality”.
Several donors have cut aid to Uganda since the law was adopted.