Ugandan President to sign anti-gay law today
The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, is due to sign the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill imminently, as journalists and politicians begin gathering for the event at State House, his official residence.
Uganda’s Daily Monitor is reporting that the bill’s chief sponsor, MP David Bahati is present at State House.
President Museveni was due to sign the bill in front of reporters at 11am (8am GMT). However, he appears to have missed that self-imposed deadline.
“The president is signing the anti-homosexuality bill today [Monday] at 11:00 [0800 GMT],” government spokesman Ofwono Opondo told Reuters news agency.
“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.”
He said it would “complicate our valued relationship” and will mark a “step backward” for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on the country’s commitment to protect the human rights of its people.”