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Parliament divided over sexual offences bill

The debate on the sexual offences bill which was passed by Parliament yesterday on Monday continues to rage on within the corridors of the August house. Some female legislators believe that the clause on withdrawal of post penetration consent was dropped in bad faith. This group has vowed to keep the fight for better sexual rights for women.

In a plenary session chaired by speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Monday, the chairperson of the legal and parliamentary affairs committee Oboth Oboth tabled before the August house the sexual offences bill 2019 putting the house on tension as male and female legislators passionately debated clause by clause. 

One of the most controversial clauses was the withdrawal of post penetration consent by a woman. The clause was later dropped after passionate debate from male legislators. However, a section of women legislators Let Out News spoke to a day after the bill’s passing say the war is not yet over.

But legislators have urged the public to give parliament the confidence it desires as they monitor the implementation of the passed legislation. 

In the same bill, parliament introduced a clause banning sexual acts between persons of the same gender. 

The bill now awaits presidential assent before it becomes law.

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