It’s official. The Ugandan government is going ahead with plans to reinstate the Anti-Homosexuality Act through the courts.
The county’s Constitutional Court annulled the draconian law last week on a technicality; ruling that the December Parliamentary vote in which the law was passed did not have a quorum of MPs, as legally required.
On Saturday, it was confirmed that Uganda’s attorney general has filed an appeal against the ruling in the Supreme Court, the country’s highest court.
“We are unsatisfied with the court ruling and we have appealed,” Deputy Attorney General Fred Ruhinda told AFP.
“The law was not intended to victimise gay people, it was for the common good,” he argued.
Nicholas Opiyo, one of the lawyers behind the successful Constitutional Court petition against the law, indicated that activists will fight the appeal. “We’ll head to the Supreme Court,” he tweeted.
The news will come as a blow to the LGBT community which will be holding an LGBT Pride celebration today.
“It’s a very peaceful, harmonious, and colourful event that we are celebrating this Saturday with lots and lots of activities like VCT, marching/parade, beach volleyball, football, dancing, eating, drinking plus so many more,” said Spectrum Uganda on its Facebook page.
Details of the event have not been widely publicised to avoid harassment by the authorities. The latest news is, however, sure to cast a pall over the celebrations.