This morning there was a strange tweet coming from the Ugandan media outlet, The Independent:
Uganda backs off anti-gay bill: Saying that it contradicts Uganda’s foreign policy, President Museveni announced
Seeing this tweet, my colleague and partner in this whole situation Dr. Warren Throckmorton, called The Independent in Uganda and talked to the man covering Ugandan President Museveni’s news conference, and this is what he had to say:
President Museveni has told members of his National Resistance Movement party in a meeting at State House, Entebbe that cabinet will talk to Member of Parliament David Bahati who tabled the Anti Homosexuality Bill 2009, in order to reach a position that will leave both the local and international community satisfied.
The president’s pronouncement attracted wild murmurs from the audience prompting him to repeat his statement. He said ever since the bill was tabled in the last quarter of last year; he has been receiving calls from various international figures including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to find out updates on the proposed law. Museveni observed that the bill is affecting Uganda’s image abroad. He said although there’s need to protect Uganda’s values, it also necessary to take care of concerns of the international community.
What does this mean? This means that from all of our sources close to the situation in Uganda that this legislation will be dramatically reformated; if not completely disbanded. President Museveni has already made public statements opposing the legislation. Whether this is political posturing or not, it doesn’t really matter because things are getting done.
You can listen to the audio of the speech here (go to the bottom of the link’s page)