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Police uneasy placing homosexuals in normal detention

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Kayunga, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Police in Kayunga 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.

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.


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