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Video: Ugandan MP Remains Defiant on Anti-Gay Bill

Jim Burroway

January 14th, 2010

Uganda’s independent NTV Television maintains a YouTube channel, but unfortunately not all NTV news reports get uploaded. An anonyous BTB reader in Uganda sent this clip from the January 13 broadcast of “NTV Tonight.” It includes reactions from MP David Bahati, sponsor of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, to President Yoweri Museveni’s remarks that his cabinet will “discuss” the bill with Bahati. Bahati responds:

“We welcome the comment of the president on this bill and the need to engage with cabinet to ensure that we have a fine piece of legislation that will protect our children, defend our traditional family as we know it, between a man and a woman.”

Interviewer: “Are you intimidated by the pressure that is mounting?”

Bahati: “As pressure intensifies, we are also intensifying prayer and we are happy that the religious leaders are engaged in this matter.”

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Transcript of the “NTV Tonight” Report on Bahati’s Reaction to Museveni’s Remarks

…shaken as he takes on critics of the anti-homosexuality bill, among them president Yoweri Museveni. Ndorwa West member of parliament David Bahati the sponsor of the proposed new anti-gay law says his critics will not dampen his efforts to protect traditional family unions which he adds are being threatened by homosexuality. Bahati was reacting to president Museveni’s warning on the controversial bill yesterday. Chris Ochamuringa with the story of a man keeping his eye on the prize.

The Ndorwa West MP David Bahati is a man whose idea of criminalizing homosexuality in Uganda has been received with lots of joy by locals and an equal measure of scorn by the international community. The raging debate over Bahati’s bill sucked in president Museveni who on Monday said that cabinet would call the legislator for discussions given the hostile response that the bill has attracted.

Museveni: “…that the cabinet, sit down with Bahati, a sub-committee, and see how best to handle this issue. Because, because it is a foreign policy issue.”

And David Bahati says he sees no problem with the president’s suggestion, as long as African values are ultimately protected.

Bahati: “We welcome the comment of the president on this bill and the need to engage with cabinet to ensure that we have a fine piece of legislation that will protect our children, defend our traditional family as we know it, between a man and a woman.”

Interviewer: “Are you intimidated by the pressure that is mounting?”

Bahati: “As pressure intensifies, we are also intensifying prayer and we are happy that the religious leaders are engaged in this matter.”

The anti-homosexuality bill is currently at the committee stage, where it will be scruitinized by the legal and presidential affairs committee, before it is taken to the house for debate. Bahati says, it’s technically impossible for the bill to be withdrawn now.

Chris Ochamuringa, NTV Tonight.

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