Hon. Fox Odoi and Dr. Frank Mugisha, through their lawyers, Akampumuza and Co. Advocates, have protested against the inclusion of their names in the constitutional petition that is meant to challenge the Anti-Homosexuality Law.
According to a letter written by their lawyers drawing the attention of two parties, Dr. Adrian Jjuuko of Human Rights Awareness & Promotion Forum (HRAPF) and Adv.Onyango Owor of Onyango & Co. Advocates, they refute an earlier communication sent to the Attorney General of Uganda petitioning the high court seeking the nullification of the anti-homosexuality bill and a permanent injunction on the implementation of the law that was signed by the President.
“We act for and on behalf of Hon. Fox Odoi-Oywelowo and Dr. Frank Mugisha (hereinafter referred to as our clients), on whose instructions we address you as follows:
“Our clients have informed us that they did not give instructions to file constitutional petition number 015 of 2023. Our clients consider your actions premature and hereby demand that you exclude them from the said constitutional petition. Our clients have not provided you with any affidavits to support the said petition,” reads the letter in part.
Since the assenting of the bill into law, many Ugandans have jubilated and thanked the President for exercising his mandate, however, there have been some human rights activists who don’t agree with the bill and want it nullified by the constitutional court.
The United States is threatening to withdraw aid, claiming it will lead to an increase in HIV since most of the aid is geared towards the fight against HIV/AIDS in Uganda, a claim that some specialists in public health refute. The US government has also vowed to restrict travel between the two countries as some visas have already been revoked.