Ugandan “Kill the Gays” Bill Supporter Resigns from Parliament Following Court Decision
Ugandan Ethics and Integrity State Minister James Nsaba Buturo, a vocal supporter of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 now better known as the “Kill the Gays” bill, has resigned from his Cabinet post after a court ruling and instructions from the Ugandan Prime Minister.
Buturo, alongside eight others, lost in the party’s primaries in October last year but then stood as an independent candidate without first resigning his party ticket, a move that the courts have now decided was illegal. Buturo is the first minister affected by the court decision to resign.
Buturo used his resignation to take a final parting shot at gay and lesbian Ugandans and to urge Parliament to pass the anti-gay bill.
“I am leaving when the battle against prostitution and homosexuality is still going on. I urge Ugandans to continue rejecting homosexuality,” Buturo said in an interview with the press.
“Homosexuality in Uganda and Africa as a whole is a taboo. How can a man sleep with a fellow man or a woman with a fellow woman. How can they produce children?” he asked.
The former minister attacked the western world for promoting homosexuality in Uganda and Africa saying that “if it is good and revered in their countries, they should not impose it on Ugandans or Africans in general.”
Buturo blamed his loss of a party ticket on a corruption of the political system.
Buturo’s time in office has not been free of controversy however. Shortly after taking up the position of ethics minister in 2006, Parliament ordered Buturo to pay back Shs20 million he received from Mega FM, a local radio station in Gulu the Daily Monitor reports.
Buturo’s role in pushing for the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 was considerable. Several WikiLeaks cables released over the past few years have shown American diplomats identify Buturo as a leading force in the fight to further penalize LGBT citizens within the country.
While news on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 itself has been quiet recently, there are fears that the bill may be brought up for a parliamentary reading once Parliament returns for its lame duck session starting March 22.