Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill on a fast track

I spoke yesterday with Ugandan MP Hon. Otto Odonga who told me that the Parliament will bring back the Anti-Homosexuality Bill soon, perhaps “by the end of August.” Although the re-introduction of the antigay bill had been expected, Odonga said the bill is “back from the perspective of the new parliament starting from where the last parliament ended.”

Since the end of the Eighth Parliament, observers have speculated that the Ninth Parliament might not require re-introduction of bills deliberated upon but not passed. Two weeks ago, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, held a meeting with the chairpersons of all Parliament’s committees to orient them to their new positions. Also, in order to save time and expense, the group decided to bring forward at least three bills to the new session: the Government Assurances Bill, the Marriage and Divorce Bill and the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

In a prior post, I outlined a pretty close approximation of what the Parliament will be debating.

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  • Maazi NCO

    Oh no !!! I think email accounts of MPs would have to be reconfigured as we brace for the new wave of spam emails from mad americans and mad europeans…

  • Wild Thoughts from Uganda

    International pressure is the ONLY thing that kept this from passing under the previous parliament, so keep the pressure on!

  • Karl Rosenqvist

    Remember David Kato!

  • Michael Bussee

    The Advocate is reporting this story, referring to Dr. Throckmorton:

    “Uganda expert Warren Throckmorton reports that Otto Odonga, a member of parliament, expects the Anti-Homosexuality Bill could return by the end of August. Odonga is known for once having said he’d kill his son if he were gay.”