Uganda Police uneasy locking up homosexuals with other normal suspects

Uganda Police uneasy locking up homosexuals with other normal suspects
A Ugandan man is seen during LGBT Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, Aug. 9, 2014. COURTESY PHOTO

Kayunga, Uganda | URN | Police in Kayunga District in Central Uganda have raised concern about locking up self-proclaimed homosexuals with other suspects.

Kayunga District Police Community Liaison Officer, Paul Ssali, says that they often find it challenging locking up other suspects with self-proclaimed homosexuals.

Without giving figures, Ssali noted that homosexuality is prevalent in Kayunga district.

He was speaking during outreach by the Legal Aid Service Provider’s Network (LASPNET) at the district headquarters aimed at ending gender-based violence.

Under the Penal Code, carnal knowledge against the order of nature in both males and females carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment once convicted.

The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014 describes offences of homosexuality as a situation when a person penetrates the anus or mouth of another person of the same sex with his penis or any other sexual contraption.

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Joweria Nabbanja, a resident of Kayunga district wants police to produce self-confessed homosexuals in court immediately to protect other suspects.

Dr. Sylvia Namubiru Mukasa, the Chief Executive Officer LASPNET, says there is need to handle the issue of homosexuals with a lot of sensitivity since it contravenes Ugandans laws.

This is not the first time issues of homosexuality are coming up in Kayunga district.

In December 2019, Mohammed Mutumba, a local imam was arrested and remanded for wedding Richard Tumushabe alias Swabullah Nabukeera.