Uganda Landlords might face a jail sentence for renting out their apartments to members of the LGBTQ community, if a new bill tabled before the parliament is passed.
The new bill, presented before parliament by Ugandan lawmakers, it states that, anyone who engages in same sex activities or who ‘holds out’ as LGBTQ could face a sentence of up to 10 years.
BBC reports that the law also bans funding or promotion of LGBTQ activities in the country where homosexuality is illegal.
On Friday, speaker of parliament Anne Anita Among, referred to the bill to a house committee for scrutiny.
The speaker said that this is the first step to pass the proposal into law, after which a ‘public hearing’ will be held .
“Let the public come express their views including the homos-allow them to come,” she said.
She also said that parliamentarians would vote on the bill one by one in front of their peers, telling them,” This time you are going to show us if you are a homo or not.”
In Uganda same sex relations are criminalized under colonial -era laws, which faces a punishment of life imprisonment.
The Ugandan Lawmakers are now seeking to pass new anti-homosexuality law after courts abolished the previous one on grounds it was illegal.