On 18 May 2016, it was reported that the National Assembly had passed (14 out of 28 members present voted in favour, the remainder abstained) the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill 2016, amending Section 151 of the penal code to decriminalize the act of sodomy. The amendment will come into force on the day it is gazetted as an act by the Attorney General’s Office. For this to happen the bill needs to be assented by the president and sent back to the National Assembly [R1.4].
Consensual sex between same-sex (quaere: male only) couples is unlawful [R1.3]
Criminal Code of 1955 – Section 151.
Any person who –
a. has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature; or
b. has carnal knowledge of an animal; or
c. permits a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature, is guilty of a felony, and is liable to imprisonment for fourteen years.
On 29 February 2016, the Cabinet approved legislation that will strip the ban on homosexuality from the Penal Code. The legislation is expected to become law by the end of 2016 [R1.2].
In October 2011, the government reportedly had agreed to decriminalize homosexuality as part of the country’s feedback to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review process [R1.1].