Uganda: Parliamentary Committee Debate on Gay Hate to be Heard Next Week

Published: March 19, 2011

Next week a Ugandan Parliamentary Committee will be debating murder – legal killing by their government – the law will give power to Uganda to commit genocide of a minority via legislation.  Despite rumors that the opposition Parties in Uganda had succeeded in preventing a vote on the controversial Anti Homosexuality bill (AHB) – better known as the “Kill the Gays” Bill, it is now reported that it will indeed be one of a few bills that Members of Parliament on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee are set to debate when the House resumes business next week, during what could be termed a ‘lame duck session.’

Tabled in Parliament in 2009, by its author David Bahati, known for his homophobia and overt hate for homosexuals and lesbians, the latter masked by the right wing evangelical version of Christianity, the AHB  seeks to entrench the criminalization of  homosexuality, with death penalties for “repeat offenders/ aggravated homosexuality” and prison terms for gays and lesbians including those who fail t report them, beyond the current broader law “acts committed against the order of nature.”

Speaking to the media at Parliament today, the committee chairman, Stephen Tashobya said though the bill has created both local and international concern, it is up to Parliament to pass the bill.

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