SOROTI: Man Charged with Aggravated Homosexuality Remanded Further

By Steven Enatu


A 20 year old Soroti man charged with aggravated Homosexuality has been remanded to Soroti prisons until the 3rd October 2023 when his case will again appear for mention.

Michael Opolot a 20-year-old man has become the first Ugandan to be charged with “aggravated homosexuality” an offence punishable by death under the enacted anti-gay law in Uganda.


Opolot appeared before the Soroti Grade One Magistrate, Kibirige Kasuja on Thursday, 14th September 2023 for mention of his case.

The Anti-Homosexuality Act, signed into law in May 2023, introduced “aggravated homosexuality”, which it defines as sexual intercourse with a person older than 75 or younger than 18, who either does not give consent, is unable to give consent, or is a person living with a disability or mentally illness. The maximum penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” is the death penalty.

He is charged with aggravated Homosexuality under Section3 of the anti-homosexuality act subsection 2 f and g. This states that a person, who commits the offence of homosexuality in any of the circumstances specified in subsection (2), commits the offence of aggravated homosexuality and is liable, on conviction, to suffer death.

The Soroti grade one Magistrate, Kibirigi Kasuja further remanded the suspect after the state attorney Daniel Kiduma Wambuzi told court that the accused’s file has been taken to Kampala at the head office of Directorate of Public Prosecution.

The accused had two counsels in court led by Counsel Juliet Kanyege and Counsel George Engwau.

Engwau said “we appeared in court and the state did not have the police file on allegations that it had headed to Kampala at the head office of Directorate of Public prosecution and we were constrained to get an adjournment. The matter was given a mention date of 3rd of October when we will get to know what the head office DPP has resolved regarding investigation and trial of this case”

The accused was first charged on August 18 with aggravated homosexuality Section 3 of the anti-homosexuality act and was remanded to Soroti main prison unit today the 14th September when he appeared again.

The anti-Homosexuality act is widely condemned by the international community and a group of 11 activists has petitioned the Constitutional court challenging the law.

 Background of the incident

The incident allegedly took place on the 16th /08/2023 at around 00:30AM the first son Muhoozi Kainerugaba MK Movement Baraza in Soroti sports ground

The incident is alleged to have happened in the wee hours when the disabled man was called by the suspect. It’s reported that a police officer found the accused having carnal knowledge of a 41 year old male adult with physical informatics and of unsound mind at Soroti City sports ground where a concert was organized.

The two were promptly arrested and taken to Soroti Central Police Station where a case of unnatural offence vide CRB 187/2023 of Soroti CPS was opened.




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