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.

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K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

It's time for all democratic countries that send humanitarian aid to countries like Uganda, to take a step back and demand that recipients of this aid has to accept diversity and protect all its citizens. When Idi Amin ruled Uganda, he blamed the asians for everything bad. Many citizens with asian background had invested in the country and had plenty of successful businesses. They were targeted by Amin and many were killed. Most of them left the country when he actually had them deported! I see much of Amin in the statements made by Buturo. Equally ignorant and uneducated. When African leaders no longer are able to blame the European colonisateurs for their own corrupt system, they take aim at immigrants and other minorities. Trying to stay popular with the masses instead of dealing with the real issues that need to be solved. Heavy unemployment, corruption on all levels, violence against women and children and a great lack of progress. When American and European xtians uses these ignorant leaders to promote their anti-gay agenda, the deaths it leads to and the blood of the victims, stick to their hands as super glue! Let them not get away with assisting murders of lesbians and gays!

kenny s.
Kenny Stidham6 years ago

Thank god for Gays. Gays Rule !!!!!

DUANE F6 years ago

Revolution??? Hello? The Gov't is either FOR the People....OR the People should fight to change it!!

VIVA La Liberacion`

ruth a.
ruth a6 years ago

Slowly, slowly we will fix this world

Coral Moody
Coral Jane6 years ago

Take State Minister James Nsaba Buturo and his "lack of Ethics and Integrity" and show him the door.
Where's there a need for battle against prostitution (the oldest profession around that men have gained from both in favours and money) and homosexuality (you're born that way, it's not something one chooses, that's how nature intended that person to be, so how can it be illegal)

In all walks of life, in every company and business, in all military forces and all races and creeds there are homosexuals and they stand beside you in arms.
You wouldn't even know they were gay unless they pointed it out to you, yet, they help you everyday. In return for this generous service as a human being, close minded homophob's think they are going to control how people are genetically geared (probably due to the confusion and denial of their own sexuality).
It's time to move into 2011 where equality will rule and those with phobia's against anyone different to themselves grew up.

Christine S.
Christine S6 years ago

I am glad he is gone. Homophobia is such a waste of time and energy when there are so many other pressing issues in the world...

William Y.
William Y6 years ago

Good riddance.

patrica and edw jones

Buturo is a criminal and should be judged as one.

Heidi M.
Heidi M6 years ago

Does this really surprise us coming from a country who routinely performs genital mutilation on girls? Apparently, girls aren't supposed to willingly sleep with anyone. I'm glad he's out. But the rest of the country has to be informed and educated.