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Ugandan “Kill The Gays” Bill Promoter Resigns From Cabinet

Jim Burroway

March 15th, 2011

Uganda's Ethics and Integrity Minister James Nsaba Buturo

New Vision, Uganda’s government-aligned newspaper, reports that Ethics and Integrity Minister James Nsaba Buturo has complied with a Supreme Court order and resigned from his Cabinet post.

Last autumn, Buturo was among nine Cabinet members who lost their primary elections for nominations to Uganda’s Parliament on behalf of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM). The primary elections were very chaotic. Buturo charged that his loss was the result of fraud, which, ironically may well be true, given the lack of transparency in what is effectively a one-party state. While it is possible for the President to name Buturo to the cabinet post despite not holding a seat in Parliament, Buturo’s resignation signals that, for whatever his reason, he has worn out his welcome with President Yoweri Museveni.

Buturo was , from the very beginning,  a staunch defender of the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill that was introduced into Parliament in 2009. That bill is still languishing in committee, but a recent New Vision article indicates that the bill may be brought up for a vote when the Parliament returns for its lame duck session beginning March 22.

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anteros
March 15th, 2011 | LINK

…excellent news!!

Jean-Paul, Canada
March 15th, 2011 | LINK

There has been so much bad news lately, and this comes as a most welcome sign that Uganda is finally using common sense.

Hopefully Buturo’s resignation will shake up Martin Ssempa all the way to a mental health clinic.

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