Ugandan Speaker Wants ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill Passed by Tuesday

Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, has requested that the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee bring the "kill the gays" bill to the floor imminently, the Monitor reports:

KadagaIn her November 13 letter, the Speaker advised Mr Tashobya to be mindful of what she said was the high demand by the public to address homosexuality.

“I write to reiterate my earlier instruction to your committee to expeditiously handle the review of the report on the Bill. As you are aware, there is high demand by the population to address the escalating problem of promoting and recruiting minors into homosexuality,” the letter reads in part.

“This is therefore to inform you that I shall place the Bill on the Order Paper immediately after conclusion of the Oil Bills,” she wrote. Parliament is concluding consideration of the Petroleum (Exploration, Production and Development) Bill as the House breaks off for Christmas recess on December 15, which suggests that after the Bill is hopefully completed by next Tuesday, MPs can expect to debate and probably pass the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Kadaga was greeted with a "hero's welcome" at Entebbe airport last week for affirming Uganda's position against homosexuality at the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Canada. Christian clerics asked Kadaga at a subsequent meeting in the Ugandan capital to pass the law as "a Christmas gift."

More on the contents of the bill at Box Turtle Bulletin.

Posted November 16, 2012 at 12:25pm ETC by Andy Towle
in News, Rebecca Kadaga, Uganda