Police in Jinja city, Uganda have arrested six men for allegedly engaging in homosexual acts.
The arrest came after a 17-second video of four of the men engaging in sexual acts went viral. The men were arrested in one room in Mpumudde Ward, Northern Division of Jinja City, where police found lubricants and other sexual objects. Kiira Region Police Spokesperson James Mubi stated that three of the men served the purpose of being women.
The suspects will be arraigned anytime, and in Jinja alone, police have reportedly arrested eight homosexual suspects. Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni also weighed in on the homosexuality debate, stating that “homosexuals are deviations from normal.” He proposed the need for a medical opinion on whether homosexuality is by nature or nurture.
Under the proposed homosexuality law, persons convicted of identifying as or engaging in homosexuality could face up to 10 years in prison. The legislators are expected to vote on the matter on Thursday, March 23.
The arrests have sparked outrage among human rights activists who argue that the move is a violation of human rights.