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 Speaker of Parliament Denies Travel Sanctions over Anti-gay Bill

In an article on the parliament website, Rebecca Kadaga denies that she has been barred from attending the Global Peace Convention over her support for the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. As I noted last night, the State Department denied reports that  sanctions have been threatened.  It is unclear what committee chair Stephen Tashobya was referring to by a letter he said he received from the United States. Here is the article from the parliament website: The Parliament of Uganda has noted with … [Read more...]

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill Appears on Parliament’s To-Do List

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill is listed on today's order paper under the heading of "Notice of Business to Follow." NOTICE OF BUSINESS TO FOLLOW  MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT TO URGE GOVERNMENT TO BAIL OUT SEMBULE STEEL MILLS LTD FROM THE INTENDED SALE OF ITS PROPERTIES PRESENTATION, CONSIDERATION AND ADOPTION OF THE REPORT ON THE ADHOC COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING THE ENERGY SECTOR THE ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL, 2012 4.         THE PUBLIC ORDER MANAGEMENT BILL, … [Read more...]

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Wants Anti-Homosexuality Bill Debated Next Week

So says the Monitor. The Speaker of Parliament has directed the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to present the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2011 on the floor of Parliament. The committee chairperson, Mr Stephen Tashobya, passed on Ms Rebecca Kadaga’s directive to committee members yesterday as he summoned them to attend next week’s session in person “to have the Bill concluded”. In her November 13 letter, the Speaker advised Mr Tashobya to be mindful of what she said was … [Read more...]

Uganda’s Parliament Speaker Resolved to Bring Anti-Gay Bill to a Vote

From the Ugandan Parliament website: Parliament will soon debate Anti Homosexuality Bill – Speaker Parliament will soon consider the Anti Homosexuality Bill, the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has said. The Speaker, who was addressing a cross section of religious leaders upon her return from Canada where she attended the 127th Inter Parliamentary Union Assembly, said she would not be intimidated by any western power about her position on homosexuality. “I will … [Read more...]

Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill: This does not look good

If indeed the speaker of the Parliament wants to bring the bill forward and the committee involved cooperates, backroom intervention from the President will be needed to stop it. Last time I spoke to Stephen Tashobya (the parliamentary committee chair involved), he said he had better things to do than to bring the bill forward. We shall see how much clout the speaker really has in this situation. … [Read more...]

No Date Set for Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Yesterday, I reported that the Parliament of Uganda voted to return unfinished bills from the Eighth Session to business in the current session. One of those bills specifically referenced was the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. This morning I spoke with Parliament Spokeswoman, Helen Kawesa, who told me that no date had been set for debate on the anti-gay measure. "The Business Committee will meet to decide what bills are considered. Then they will be listed on the daily Order Paper," Kawesa … [Read more...]

Fate of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill is in doubt

How many times have I written a headline like that? Reports are coming from Kampala that the bill has been postponed indefinitely. From Behind the Mask: The Ugandan parliament’s debate on the issue of whether or not to re-introduce the internationally condemned Anti-Homosexuality Bill was on Wednesday September 7 postponed indefinitely. According to sources in the House Business Committee, the Parliamentary body that was supposed to have met in Kampala on Wednesday the meeting had to be … [Read more...]


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