The administration of Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has rejected MP David Bahati's anti-gay bill, Uganda's Daily Monitor reported on Monday.

Bahati's controversial bill would increase the penalties for being gay in a nation where it is already a crime. The measure, first introduced in 2009, proposed putting repeat offenders to death under certain circumstances. It also would have criminalized discussion of homosexuality and penalized a person who knowingly rents to a gay or lesbian person.

Lawmakers closed their legislative session in May without voting on the measure, but a defiant Bahati insisted he would re-introduce his bill in February.

According to the Daily Monitor, on the advice of Adolf Mwesige, the ruling party lawyer, Uganda's Cabinet decided to drop the measure during a meeting on Wednesday.

“We agreed that government should search the law archives and get some of the laws, enforce them rather than having another new piece of legislation,” an unnamed source was quoted as saying. “He [Mwesige] said the bill is overtaken by events and that donors and other sections of the public were not comfortable.”

Bahati told the paper that the administration should stop “playing hide-and-seek games,” and reiterated previous claims that children remain at risk.

“The future of this country's children will be determined by the people's representatives in Parliament,” Bahati said.