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Anti-Homosexuality Bill Moved to Top of Uganda Parliament’s List

Jim Burroway

November 27th, 2012

Today’s Order Paper (DOC: 45KB/3 pages) for Uganda’s Parliament shows the Anti-Homosexuality Bill moved to the top of the section titled “Notice of Business to Follow.”  When the anti-gay bill first appeared on the Order Paper last week, it was placed third behind a motion to urge the government to bail out a steel mill and the presentation and adoption of a report of an investigation of the energy sector. Those two items have now been bumped down a notch.

Today’s business is tied up over controversial clauses in two Petroleum Bills which are currently being considered in Parliament. Those bills’ opponents vow to hold a demonstration in Kampala over the overly broad powers that the legislation would grant to the Energy Minister, a presidential appointee, to grant and revoke oil exploration, extraction, refining and transport licenses and contracts. Opponents say the bills provide very little oversight or transparency for those activities, making the legislation, essentially, a mechanism for legalizing graft. Uganda has recently been named the most corrupt country in eastern Africa. If the oil bills become law or if the public demonstrations agains them become too noisy, some fear that Parliament may turn to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in order to create a public distraction.



November 28th, 2012 | LINK

Tell Obama:

He has some newly found cred.

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