Ugandan Lawmaker Bahati Refuses to Withdraw 'Kill the Gays' Bill Despite Government Pressure
David Bahati, the sponsor of Uganda's "kill the gays" bill, said he won't withdraw the bill despite pressure from other government officials, most notablyfor Investment Aston Kajara, who yesterday said the government would talk to Bahati about withdrawing it.
The State Minister for Investments, Mr Aston Kajara, yesterday said the government was looking at the Bill with the possibility of withdrawing it. “The government’s official position is that we have enough laws to cover homosexuality acts,” Mr Kajara said. “Government did not sponsor this Bill. It is a private member’s Bill. The government is studying it and we may talk to the honourable Member of Parliament (David Bahati) to consider withdrawing it.”
The AP is now reporting:
The Ugandan lawmaker who proposed a bill that would give some gays the death penalty said Friday he will refuse any request to withdraw the legislation after a minister said the government would ask him to.
Lawmaker David Bahati said he felt the bill is necessary in the conservative East African country. On Thursday, New York and Washington.for Investment Aston Kajara said the government would ask Bahati to scrap the bill because they fear backlash from foreign investors. The bill, which Bahati proposed in September, has provoked criticism from gay-rights groups and protests in London,
"I stand by the bill," Bahati said. "I will not withdraw it. We have our children in schools to protect against being recruited into (homosexuality). The process of legislating a law to protect our children against homosexuality and defending our family values must go on."
PArliament is scheduled to take up the bill in late February or early March.