Dr. Warren Throckmorton reports:
Uganda’s Anti-Homosexual Bill is not on today’s parliamentary agenda. This morning parliamentary spokeswoman, Ranny Ismail, told me that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is still in committee. The report on the bill is indeed complete but in their procedure, the bill is still considered in committee and is not on the agenda for business today. She added that no more business would be done in this Parliament.
However, when asked if the anti-gay measure was finished, she said that Parliament could carry forward all unfinished business in all committees if a member makes a motion to do so and the motion passes. She said this has happened before. Because she was unsure about the fate of such a motion, she said she would not know the final outcome until about 7pm in Kampala (noon est).
Whether the bill can be “carried over” procedurally or whether it will have to be reintroduced has yet to be determined. As soon as we have more on that, I’ll update.
The AP previously reported that the bill may have been shunned after an international outcry. Indeed, petitions against the bill have exceeded 1.4 million signatures and counting.
This is a breaking news story and may be clarified and added to as more information becomes available. Updates will appear below the fold.
UPDATE 2: It appears that the AP report saying the bill had been dropped was incorrect. More over at Box Turtle Bulletin.
UPDATE 3: Dr. Throckmorton clarifies that, based on the word of a parliamentary spokesperson, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill can not be carried over into a new parliamentary session on its own and could only be forwarded to the 9th Parliament with a group of other bills that are still to be acted on. More here.
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