Uganda: Anti-Gay Bill Not Dead Yet

Published: April 7, 2011

Following reports that Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill appeared to be dead after being declared redundant by the administration of President Yoweri Museveni, Ugandan Anti-gay activists have intensified their lobbying for the Bill to be passed.
The lobbying comes just  after the Ugandan Minister of Information, Masiko Kabakumba  announced on Thursday, 25 March 2011 that the Bill was declared redundant because other laws already make being gay a crime in Uganda and that the Sexual Offenses Bill would cover any outstanding concerns.

According to the Daily Monitor, a petition led by anti-gay Pastor Martin Ssempa, calling for the Bill to be passed was presented to the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Ssekandi on 6 April 2011.

It is said that the petition was signed by two million Ugandans, and Ssekandi expressed that the petition would be considered by the committee further stating that, “Since the Bill was tabled, I have received numerous calls from the international community to throw it out but I always tell them that I don’t have those powers.”

The Daily Monitor further stated that Ssekandi said, Bottom of Form“The mover of the Bill (David Bahati) is still a member of the 9th Parliament and even if the current parliament doesn’t debate it, the new parliament will do it.”

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