Uganda Parliament Speaker Demands Anti-Gay Bill Be Brought to House Floor on Tuesday

Jim Burroway

November 16th, 2012

House Speaker Rebecca Kadaga

Daily Monitor, Uganda’s largest independent newspaper, today reports that Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has demanded that Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee bring Anti-Homosexuality Bill to the House floor for debate and a vote by next Tuesday:

The committee chairperson, Mr Stephen Tashobya, passed on Ms Rebecca Kadaga’s directive to committee members yesterday as he summoned them to attend next week’s session in person “to have the Bill concluded”.< In her November 13 letter, the Speaker advised Mr Tashobya to be mindful of what she said was the high demand by the public to address homosexuality. "I write to reiterate my earlier instruction to your committee to expeditiously handle the review of the report on the Bill. As you are aware, there is high demand by the population to address the escalating problem of promoting and recruiting minors into homosexuality," the letter reads in part. "This is therefore to inform you that I shall place the Bill on the Order Paper immediately after conclusion of the Oil Bills," she wrote. Parliament is concluding consideration of the Petroleum (Exploration, Production and Development) Bill as the House breaks off for Christmas recess on December 15, which suggests that after the Bill is hopefully completed by next Tuesday, MPs can expect to debate and probably pass the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

On Monday, Kadaga called for the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which still includes a death penalty for gay people under certain circumstances, to be brought to a vote and passed within two weeks.

Snowman

November 17th, 2012

My gods, what an angry looking woman.

Wildeman

November 17th, 2012

If Uganda put half the effort they have given this vile legislation into anti corruption in their government, they might not be losing international aid.

Snowman

November 17th, 2012

I suspect that the corruption in the government feeds this problem, and is using it to distract people from their real problems.

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