Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has signed a controversial anti-gay Bill that has harsh penalties for homosexual sex.

Mr. Museveni signed the Bill on Monday at his official residence in an event witnessed by government officials and journalists.

Government officials clapped after he signed the Bill.

The Bill calls for first-time offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in jail. It also sets life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for a category of offenses called “aggravated homosexuality,” defined as repeated gay sex between consenting adults as well as acts involving a minor, a disabled person or where one partner is infected with HIV.

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