By Benjamin Ng'aru
Benjamin Ng'aru is a student at Catholic University of Eastern Africa & Makerere University studying law.
On Monday, February 25th 2014, Uganda’s president Yoweri K. Museveni assented to the Anti Homosexuality Act, 2014 (previously referred to as Kill the Gays Bill”).  Interestingly, he thereafter termed Homosexuals as “disgusting and unnatural” persons. The legislation has since received widespread condemnation from human rights organizations and leaders. A petition challenging the constitutionality of the legislation has been filed at Uganda’s Constitutional court.
Whereas Uganda’s Penal Code has always outlawed “carnal knowledge against the order of nature,” the new legislation is much broader and infringes on certain constitutionally protected rights such as human dignity, privacy and equal treatment before and under the law. S. 2(2) of the Act provides for a mandatory life sentence for persons convicted of “homosexual acts”.  S. 1 of the Act defines homosexual acts as “the touching of another’s breast, vagina, penis or anus,…however slight….with any part of the body or through anything.” The Act also provides for a mandatory death sentence.