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 President May Not Sign Anti-Homosexuality Bill; Ssempa Involved in Stealth Plan to Pass Bill

According to Uganda's New Vision, Ugandan president Yowari Museveni may not sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. He told the NV that he would read it before he decides what to do.While it may seem like such a course should not need to be stated, Museveni has not returned a bill to Parliament during this Parliament. Thus, his statement is a signal that he may depart from his usual practice.Museveni could slow the bill down by sending the bill back to Parliament with suggestions. The … [Read more...]

Uganda Watch: President Says There is No Discrimination Against Gays in Uganda

Speaking to a delegation from the Robert F. Kennedy Center, Uganda's President Yowari Museveni sounded moderate tones in discussing homosexuality yesterday.Contrary to numerous reports of discrimination and violence, Museveni said that in Uganda, "there is no discrimination, no killings, no marginalization, no luring of young people using money into homosexual acts". Perhaps he means there shouldn't be such actions, but the country's Parliament needs to put away the Anto-Homosexuality Bill … [Read more...]

Museveni backs wife to take over as Uganda’s President

Yowari Museveni will apparently not provoke a Constitutional crisis and remain in office after age 75 but he is backing his wife as the NRM standard bearer when he retires. This according to the East African:Apparently, First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni has emerged as the preferred successor to the president, with the full backing of her husband, who is also chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement.Senior security sources told The EastAfrican that the president dropped the n … [Read more...]


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