Uganda May Consider Anti-Homosexuality Bill This Week

Jim Burroway

December 4th, 2012

Today’s Order Paper (DOC: 37KB/4 pages) for the Uganda Parliament shows that among the first items on the agenda is a report from the Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee. That committee is expected to present the results of its investigation on last week’s chaotic breakdown in Parliament which led to its suspension for the rest of the week.

Parliament’s session ended last Tuesday when Speaker Rebecca Kadaga suddenly bolted from the chamber after losing control of the debate over a controversial clause in one of the Petroleum Bills. Proposed changes to Clause 9 of the Petroleum( Exploration, Development and Production) Bill would empower a single person in President Yoweri Museveni’s cabinet to negotiate and sign contracts for oil exploration, drilling, refining and transportation. Because the bill gives no oversight or transparancy into that process, it will effectively legalize the wholesale theft of Uganda’s potential oil wealth. The proposed changes to Clause 9 are backed by Museveni, whose ruling National Resistance Movement controls more than 70% of Parliament, making the clause’s passage very likely.

So, what does the timeline for the Anti-Homosexuality Bill look like? Today’s report from the Rules Committee will likely be boistrous and time consuming, and may take most of the day today. But once that’s done, movement on the two Petroleum Bill’s could go rather quickly — as early as tomorrow — assuming Museveni has sufficiently incentivised his MPs to complete the legalized swindle.

Once that’s done (and after a vote on the Accountants Bill, which Warren Throckmorton reports has already occurred.), then the Anti-Homosexuality Bill will be the first bill “on deck” as “business to follow.” If Museveni’s version of Clause 9 of the Petroleum Bill becomes law, the government will likely find the debate and passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill to be a very politically useful diversion. He will need a lot of minds, both inside and outside of Parliament, taken off of what has happened and focused onto the one thing that has proven effective in uniting everyone: their collective hatred of gay people. That diversion will have to come very quickly if it is to achieve its maximum effect, which means that Uganda could conceivably be ready to start legally executing gay people — while Museveni quietly begins legally diverting the impoverished nation’s oil wealth to himself, his family and cronies — by the weekend. Merry Christmas, everybody!


December 4th, 2012

Uganda: Kristian paradise / most corrupt nation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Not a coincidence.

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