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Will Uganda’s Parliament Take Up The Anti-Homosexuality Bill?

Jim Burroway

June 29th, 2010

As I noted earlier, Alexis Okeowo at Vanity Fair reported:

The (Anti-Homosexuality) bill’s most controversial elements—those criminalizing sexual practices or an H.I.V./AIDS diagnosis—are being scrapped to deflect the attention of critics so that the rest of the bill can pass. Parliament, which opened in early June, will be discussing the measure this week.

And as I’ve repeatedly cautioned, there is absolutely no evidence that the bill itself has been modified in any way. A Cabinet report suggested several changes, but there has been no reports that those changes have actually been made to the draft legislation itself. At last report, the bill was still languishing in the Presidential Affairs Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Warren Throckmorton doubts that Uganda’s Parliament is preparing to take up the measure, pointing to an agenda for the final session that was published on the Parliament’s web site. That agenda omits any mention of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

So where does the bill stand? Right now it’s anybody’s guess. Parliament’s notice of its final agenda states that “Parliament will, as it is mandated, continue to debate other issues which will be raised on the floor of the House.” This means that Parliament isn’t precluded from raising the issue at a moment’s notice. The published agenda also doesn’t alleviate concerns that portions of the bill may be pushed through in a piecemeal fashion, perhaps as amendments to other pieces of legislation. I don’t see any scheduled bills listed in the final agenda which might serve as a related vehicle for passing elements of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Our own Congress has quite the habit of attaching completely unrelated amendments to proposed legislation. I don’t know if Uganda’s Parliamentary rules allow for similar practices or not. We’ll just have to watch things very closely.

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Lynn David
June 29th, 2010 | LINK

If so, then that would that make Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa a lying SOB.

Paul in Canada
June 30th, 2010 | LINK

Anyone believing anything by anybody on the Ugandan Parliament is nothing but naive. This includes their ‘profession’ of christianity and religious-based ‘values’.

These are power-hungry opportunistic individuals willing to do anything to secure their role in a corrupt government.

BILLOFTHEDESERT
July 3rd, 2010 | LINK

The Uganda legislation seems to have dropped from the public view it had a few weeks ago. I am glad to see that you haven’t forgotten it.
GayUganda.com is yet another way of keeping track of what’s happening in Africa. “GUG” is an especially engaging writer.

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