Uganda’s Parliamentary Speaker has claimed the country’s notorious anti-homosexuality bill will soon be passed by lawmakers.

Uganda’s Daily Monitor reports that Rebecca Kadaga (pictured) made the statement last week after returning to Uganda following an international summit in Canada.

She told reporters at Entebbe International Airport that she would stand firm against homosexuality.

“They said I should stop the debate on the anti-homosexuality bill, but I assured them there is no way I can block a private members bill,” she said.

PinkNews reports that a group of anti-gay religious leaders were there to meet with her at the airport, along with the bill’s architect, MP David Bahati.

Bahati had proposed for his legislation to include the death penalty for certain cases of “aggravated homosexuality”.

In February this year it was reported that life imprisonment would replace the death penalty in the bill.

It was first introduced in 2009, but has yet to gain parliamentary approval.

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