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Ugandan MPs Vow to Pass ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill

Ugandan MPs Vow to Pass ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill

 

Ugandan legislators have not taken kindly to the Ugandan Cabinet having rejected the”unnecessary” Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009, with MPs calling the government morally corrupt and vowing to persevere with the legislation regardless.

From the Daily Monitor:

The lawmakers said it was immoral for government to think that donor funds matter more than traditional values and vowed to push for the Bill and ensure that it is passed even without the support of government. “Whether they want or not, we are going to pass it. For government to come up and throw out such a Bill means we are living in a crazy world,” said Mr Andrew Allen (Bugabula North).

Ndorwa West MP David Bahati, the architect of the Bill, says Cabinet cannot throw out his Bill because it is now property of Parliament and insists that he is going to push for it.

This further clarifies previously offered information that the bill is now in fact under Parliament’s jurisdiction and while the Cabinet’s rejection of the bill may dissuade some undecided lawmakers, it has no direct impact on whether the legislation can be passed by Parliament — in order to oppose Parliament passing the bill, the Cabinet would have to raise objections during parliamentary debate.

News also comes that the chairperson of Uganda’s Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Stephen Tashobya, has begun talking with the media about when parliamentary business will commence.

Parliament is currently in ministerial budget talks, however once those talks are through the bill could conceivably be brought to the floor at any time. Reports had suggested late August for this, but as August’s close looms this seems unlikely. Others had suggested November as a likely time. As such, Tashobya is quoted by Behind the Mask as earmarking the 7th of September for when the Ugandan Business Committee will convene and discuss Parliament’s priority list. This would seem in keeping with a November vote, however Tashobya would not confirm that the ‘Kill the Gay’s bill — so called because of its death penalty provision for repeat offenders — would be on that list.

Behind the Mask also highlights that David Bahati, author of the private members bill, may in fact be looking to dodge usual procedural rules to ensure the bill stays in play:

Meanwhile, human rights observers have suggested that Mr Bahati is intending to by-pass the requirement of obtaining a Certificate of Financial Implications, a must have document to re-introduce his bill in parliament by arguing that there are already institutions in the country, including the Police, Directorate of Public Prosecution, Prisons and the Hang Man to implement the Bill when it is passed into law.

This would weaken the Parliamentary Rules of Procedure that require a private bill to first acquire the certificate from the Ministry of Finance indicating how much government can spend if a bill is passed.

If not amended the Anti-Homosexuality Bill would also penalize attempted homosexuality, would unilaterally break ties with all international commitments that would impede its implementation, and could effectively exclude Uganda’s LGBT citizens from the judicial process because of its overreaching propaganda and collusion provisions.

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3:31PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

There will be a backlash if Uganda continues to persecute the GLBT community. Not sure if it will come from within Uganda or from outside pressure, but it is coming.

1:46PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

@Wayne M.: AGREED!! WHAT. COMPLETE. AND. UTTER. MORONS!!

8:42AM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

The Ugandan parliament will have hell to pay if that bill is past. They can't just get away with something like that, because it'll come back to bite them in the ass. The war they are waging on gay rights and gay citizen's in general is atrocious. They want to control every aspect of their citizens live from what they listen to to who they believe in. They have no respect for humanity or for human rights. To want to murder people just because of their sexuality; it's heartless and it speaks absolute volumes about them and just how much they value human life.

3:49PM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

It could happen here - I'm afraid there are lots of homophobes like Steward D in this country. Most of them are better at hiding it.

12:25PM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

I am sure there are some of us who remember 1945. The allied troops went into places like Auschwitz-Dachau, Bergen-Belsen and Buchenwald where they recovered skeletal beings that were once men, women and children and where approximately 1,225,000 people of over 6,000,000 were killed. And, as we remember, they were killed for being Jews, mentally disabled and, of course, homosexual. We were shocked and horrified at the pictures and even more stunned by the killing and the experiments. As George Santayana said:

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

11:16AM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

Steward D- Please get yourself some serious therapy- you need it desperately. Homophobia is the right term because fear of the "unknown" seems to be the rationale behind so much hate!

10:41AM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

Please don't use the word Homophobe! It fills me with an irrational urge to kill some gays. If you are against something then you are anti- whatever. A phobia is a fear. Don't get it twisted.

8:00AM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

We knew this was coming for a long time. But no one moved a finger to stop it. Why?

7:16AM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

Hate is a crime that the 1st world countries have been unable to address. LGBT crimes splits the most active religious populations. Unfortunately the loudest voices, religious extremist, are against equal rights and are willing to spend money and time in opposition to those rights.

6:53AM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

The number of bullies in politics is astounding, and those MPs have obviously nothing better to do.
I wish some odd karma to the non-Ugandans who fuel this hatred and to the locals who want to control who people love.

Thanks for the update.

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