Committee report suggested minimal changes to Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Last week, one of the claims made by supporters of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was that the death penalty had been removed. Some media picked up this claim and reported it without critical analysis. In fact, the bill never made it far enough to have any alterations, and, as noted here, the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee report did not, in fact, suggest the removal of the death penalty for aggravated homosexuality.A paper designated as the final report of the Legal and … [Read more...]

David Bahati to become Ethics Minister?

According to the Daily Monitor, Anti-Homosexuality Bill author  David Bahati is on President Museveni's short list to become Minister of Ethic and Integrity.President’s shortlistVice-President: Gilbert Bukenya or Edward Ssekandi or Margaret Atengo.Prime Minister: Apolo Nsibambi or Aggrey Awori or Amelia Kyambadde.1st Deputy Premier/EA Affairs: Eriya Kategaya (he could also stay on as minister for East Africa Affairs only.2nd Deputy Premier/Minister Without Portfolio: Amama Mbabazi. … [Read more...]

American Psychiatric Association representatives issue statement against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Earlier this evening, the American Psychiatric Association's legislative body formally condemned the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda. Their action will now go to the APA Board of Trustees where it is expected to become official APA policy.Although the bill appears to be finished for this Parliament, it may be back during the next one. The APA reps wanted to make clear to mental health professionals in Uganda that the proposed bill was counter to professional guidance. Here is the action … [Read more...]

Uganda's Monitor provides post mortem on 8th Parliament

Uganda's Daily Monitor provides some insight into the end of the Eighth Parliament and the unfinished business they left behind. According to this article, over 20 bills were not completed.On the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, the Monitor reports:The eighth Parliament officially closed business on Friday, leaving behind a number of high-profile Bills that had been expected to pass – among them the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill.The Bill has garnered widespread international c … [Read more...]

Breaking: Ugandan Parliament stalled on technicality, fate of anti-gay bill uncertain; Parliament adjourned sine die

Read my concise rendering of today's events and those leading up to today at Huffington Post.For details, read on...Despite being called to business today by Speaker Edward Ssekandi, Uganda's parliamentary session has been stalled today and may adjourn (it did adjourn, see update below) without taking any action on pending legislation, including the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. According to parliamentary spokeswoman, Helen Kawesa, Parliament is stalled on a "technicality." She said there is … [Read more...]

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill: Is the death penalty off the table or not?

Earlier today, I received a report from a source in Uganda which appears to be the report from the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee on the AHB. I did not write about it because I could not confirm that the report was indeed a final report from that committee. Given the time in Kampala, I won't be able to confirm it until tomorrow. However, if the report is the committee's final report then the death penalty may not be off the table. Let me add that the report looks like other committee … [Read more...]

US State Department condemns Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Again.From CNN:Washington (CNN) -- The State Department Thursday condemned a proposed bill in the Ugandan parliament that could make engaging in homosexual acts a capital offense punishable by death. The bill may be debated Friday by the Ugandan parliament."No amendments, no changes, would justify the passage of this odious bill," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. "Both (President Barack Obama) and (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) publicly said it is … [Read more...]

Possible amendments to Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill

UPDATE: (4pm) - Apparently, President Museveni cannot directly veto the AHB. I confirmed this with two sources today and read through their Rules of Procedure and Constitution. He can send it back or refuse to assent to it (although it would be the first time he has ever done so) but he cannot directly stop it. If he refuses to assent to it, Parliament can either turn around and pass it or they can wait 30 days for it to become law. It can either pass or fail tomorrow. If it comes up and fails … [Read more...]