Uganda: Court nullifies the Anti-Homosexuality law
The constitutional court in Kampala has declared the passing of the anti homosexuality bill into an act as null and void. On Friday, a panel of five judges including , the Acting Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma, Justices, Augustine Nshimye, Eldad Mwangusya, Solomy Balungi Bossa and Rubby Aweri Opio unanimously nullified the Anti-Homosexuality Act on grounds that the same was passed without the required quorum and that speaker, Rebecca Kadaga was warned by three people including Premier Amama Mbabazi but she ignored. Court also awarded the petitioners 50% of the costs of the suit.
The case involved a group of pro-gay activists who sued the Attorney General (AG) challenging the passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law for lack of quorum.
They include; Prof. Joe Oloka-Onyango, MP Fox Odoi-Oywelowo, veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda, Prof. Morris Latigo, Dr. Paul Nsubuga Ssemugoma, Jacqueline Kasha Nabagesera, Julian Pepe Onziema, and Frank Mugisha in March this year. The other petitioners include the indigenous civil society organizations; Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) and the Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURDcourt).
By Anthony Wesaka