MP Otto Odonga

A Ugandan member of parliament has reportedly said that he would be prepared to kill his son if he discovered that he was gay.

MP Otto Odonga made the extraordinary assertion at an invite-only human rights conference last week in Kampala, titled “Human Rights and Sexual Orientation”.

According to a report from, Odonga was lambasted by the conference’s keynote speaker for his extreme homophobic stance, including his support for the country’s proposed anti-gay bill which would impose the death penalty in certain cases of homosexual behaviour.

“I am baffled by the kind of hatred you spew against gay people, including your desire to be a hangman. Would you apply to be a hangman if the person to be hanged were your son?” asked Makau Mutua.

Odonga reacted with a nod, leading to Mutua to respond: “There is something deeply wrong with you.”

“Human rights are not sacrosanct,” Odonga had said earlier at the event. “Private parts do not belong in the anus. We will not accept this kind of deviant behaviour in our society.”

Uganda is under international pressure to withdraw the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill from its parliament. The proposed law would impose the death penalty on those accused of “aggravated” homosexuality.

It would also maintain the current life sentence for gay sex as well as making it illegal to lobby for LGBT equality, provide any support for LGBT people or even write about LGBT rights. People will face jail time if they do not turn in gays and lesbians to the authorities.

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