Remarks from President Museveni about Why He Plans to Sign Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill

Yesterday, Uganda's state department released some remarks from Yoweri Museveni with his rationale for signing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009. President Museveni's Remarks on decision to sign anti-homosexual bill at the closing ceremony of the 10-day retreat of the NRM Parliamentary Caucus, 16th February 20141. In that bill, I had no problem with punishing people who promote homosexuality.2. I had no problem with punishing people who become homosexual for mercenary reasons what one … [Read more...]

President Museveni Says He Will Assent to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

So say Buzzfeed and Chimpreports.According to the Chimpreport, it appears Museveni gave no weight to outside experts and relied instead on a group of physicians and physicians he recruited. Museveni had access to the recent genetics study and had numerous experts available but ignored these resources.I would very much like to get a look at the report which Museveni had the professors sign.The press release regarding the committee charged with advising Museveni is here.PRESS … [Read more...]

Uganda’s Parliament Responds To President’s Rejection of Anti-Homosexuality Bill

In light of the rejection of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill by Ugandan President Yowari Museveni, I asked Parliament spokeswoman Helen Kawesa about Speaker Kadaga's reaction to Museveni's characterization of the bill as "fascist." In an email, she said: The official position is that Parliament passed the Bill. Its now in President's hands to assent or not. Parliament did its part and can only wait for the President's position then the process can take its course. If Museveni makes good on his … [Read more...]

Update on Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill; President Will Not Assent to “Fascist” Legislation

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Late last week, Uganda's president Yowari Museveni spoke out against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill but stopped short of declaring in his letter to Parliament what he planned to do about the bill.According to a press release from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights dated Jan. 18, Museveni will not sign what he termed as "fascist" legislation. (18 January 2014 | Kampala) A delegation from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) met with … [Read more...]

Full Text of Letter From Uganda’s President Museveni to Speaker of Parliament Kadaga Regarding the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

I have been out most of the day and so I am just now seeing this letter from Uganda's President Yowari Museveni to Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga. The letter was sent to me by an activist from Uganda.I hope the viewer below works for you; otherwise, click the link to read it.It is not clear what the next move is. Given that the letter is dated December 28, 2013, Museveni would have until January 28 to formally send it back to Parliament. Otherwise, it would become law. … [Read more...]

Uganda’s President Rejects Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Says Parliament Broke the Law By Passing It

According to the Daily Monitor for Friday, January 17, President Museveni sent Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga a December 28 letter scolding Parliament for passing the Anti-Homosexuality bill without a quorum.Museveni will apparently not assent to the bill and advised Kadaga that  "the NRM Caucus will find a scientifically correct position on the proposed anti-gay legislation" according to the Monitor.Museveni apparently called gays "abnormal," but added that legislation would not s … [Read more...]

Was The Death Penalty Really Removed From Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill? (UPDATED)

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UPDATE - 1/14/14: This morning, I received an email from Charles Tuhaise, researcher for Uganda's Parliament. Charles provided clarification about some of the issues I raised in this post. Thanks to him for the information. I am placing his comments in advance of yesterday's post because they address some of my questions below. Regarding the manner of handling bills in Uganda, Tuhaise wrote: Over here, the original Bill remains intact throughout the debate period until the Bill comes up for … [Read more...]

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Accuses Donors of Bullying; Forgets Uganda’s Bullying of Gays

According to the Uganda Sunday Monitor: The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, has warned the West against “bullying” Uganda over passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.Addressing Uganda’s ambassadors abroad during a meeting with the House committee on Foreign Affairs yesterday, Ms Kadaga took a swipe at foreign countries for targeting Uganda, yet still keeping economic relations with other African countries with the same law. As a taxpayer, I am glad the government is considering human … [Read more...]


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