Former Member of Uganda Ministry of Health Committee on Homosexuality Objects to Political Direction; Declines to Sign Report

According to a Uganda Media Centre spokesman, President Museveni will sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill today. However, he will do so amid discord on the committee he has appointed for political cover. Dr. Eugene Kinyanda is one name that was on the initial committee but does not appear among the signers of the final report. I have learned that he has declined to sign the report.Dr Kinyanda wrote to fellow committee member Dr. Ezati and said: I would like to state that I will not be signing … [Read more...]

Uganda Media Centre Spokesman: President to Sign Anti-Homosexuality Bill at 11am Today (UPDATED)

Update:President Museveni signs anti-homosexuality bill.— Maurice Mugisha (@MauriceMugisha) February 24, 2014Pres Museveni arrives at state house Ebb in upbeat mood to sign ati-homosexuality law— Ofwono Opondo (@OfwonoOpondo) February 24, 2014Ofwono Opondo tweeted earlier that Uganda's President Museveni will sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill at 11am Monday. Pres Museveni to sign the Anti-homosexuality law today 11.00am State House, media invited— Ofwono Opondo ( … [Read more...]

Exclusive: Changes Made in Final Report of Uganda’s Ministry of Health Committee on Homosexuality

I have obtained a copy of the final report of the Ministry of Health Committee on Homosexuality. Dated February 23, this report is more extensive than the first report with changes to the contents as well as the membership of the committee.This report provides a more extensive look at research (although it is still missing some very important papers) and more significantly does not include recommendations regarding legislation. Two members were added to the committee: Assoc. Prof Charles … [Read more...]

Is Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill On Hold?

In a statement dated February 18, but widely available just today (e.g., the Observer), Uganda's President Museveni seems to leave open the door that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill could be put on hold while he seeks additional input from researchers and scientists. Here is Museveni's statement in full:http://www.scribd.com/doc/208333248/President-Museveni-responds-to-Obama-on-gay-billAccording to a Reuter's report, the president's spokesperson said the bill was on hold pending more … [Read more...]

African Media Watchdog: NRM Caucus Misinterpreted Ministry of Health Report on Homosexuality

Earlier this week, Peter Mwesige of the African Centre for Media Excellence scrutinized the way the Ugandan press handled the facts surrounding President Museveni's decision to sign the Anti-Homosexuality based on a report by an ad hoc committee of the Ministry of Health. In his article on the matter, Mwesige points out that the president's political party caucus distorted the committee report by saying homosexuality was "an abnormal behavior." Significantly, Mwesige quoted one of the committee … [Read more...]

Uganda’s President Museveni Misuses Letter from Scientists and Researchers

I don't know how President Museveni came up with the conclusion he did but it is obvious that he misread our letter about scientific consensus on sexual orientation.  On the website of Uganda's State Department, the following was posted yesterday: While attending the NRM Parliamentary Caucus Retreat at the National Leadership Institute (6th -16th February 2014), President Museveni promised to circulate a letter in response to his request to rule out a possibility that some human beings are … [Read more...]

Note to One News Now: The New Genetics Study Replicated Xq28

When I read the recent One News Now blurb attempting to attack the reports of the linkage study involving gay brothers, I thought of Inigo Montoya:Replication refers to finding the same or similar results in a research study. Peter LaBarbera says lack of replication is a problem for genetics studies of homosexuality. Inconvenient for LaBarbera is the fact that the new study, which he claims to know something about, replicates the finding of linkage at Xq28. While it is true that prior … [Read more...]

Meeting Minutes from Uganda’s Ministry of Health Task Force Debate on Homosexuality

Although Yoweri Museveni has not yet signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, he has signaled his intent to do so based on information presented to him from a task force set up by Uganda's Ministry of Health. Museveni passed the buck to that committee and claims to be taking steps in line with their recommendations. I posted the committee's report here last week.Apparently, the task force only met two times prior to presenting their findings. According to minutes of those two meetings which I … [Read more...]


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