Ugandan MPs unite in support of reviving anti-gay bill
Uganda's parliament passes resolution supporting Speaker of the House Rebecca Kadaga calls for Anti-Homosexuality Bill revival
Ugandan members of parliament have passed a resolution in support of calls to revive the country’s notorious anti-gay bill.
On Wednesday (31 October), Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Uganda’s parliament, claimed that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill will soon be passed into law.
During the parliamentary session, politicians from across the political spectrum slammed homosexuality and claimed Western interference was a ‘threat’ to Uganda’s cultural values.
The House also pushed for the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee to draw up its report on the bill for general debate, which was confirmed will happen before Christmas.
The motion, which was tabled by MP for Kinkiizi West, Dr Chris Baryomunsi, received widespread support.
The House applauded Kadaga, who was criticized for Uganda’s LGBT rights position by Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird during a recent visit to North America.
Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi also congratulated her for taking a stand.
‘I rise to add my voice to state clearly that you represented Uganda effectively in Canada,’ said Mbabazi, reported the Daily Monitor.
‘You represented our right to do what we want to do as a country. We have made a point very clearly that we abide by the country’s constitution which guarantees the right of members and back benchers to move private members bills and MP Bahati exercised that right,’ said Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.
MP David Bahati, who wrote the bill, proposed the death penalty for cases of ‘aggravated homosexuality’, but now the lawmakers are opting, instead, for life imprisonment.
The 2009 Anti-Homosexuality Bill has still to gain parliamentary approval and has met the Ugandan government’s opposition.
Homosexuality is morally unacceptable to 89% of Ugandans, according to a 2010 a survey by The Pew Research Center,