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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.

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  1. I fully agree with Lance. Most of these comments reflect a lot of ignorance.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 16, 2012 6:30:32 PM

  2. @ Paul r ;

    It's the comments which reflect ignorance, huh ?

    And the substantive message from the Speaker, what ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 16, 2012 6:34:28 PM

  3. Yes, a lot of the comments are very horrible and we all know what they are. With that being said, I send a big middle finger to Ugandan officials. But if this is the game they want to play, two can play at it. In fact, more than two. Have fun destroying your country, Uganda.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 16, 2012 7:04:06 PM

  4. Gay people are the new scapegoat. It used to be Jewish people.

    Posted by: Andy | Nov 17, 2012 12:04:55 AM

  5. We should only give the Ugandan government aid if they agree to release the gay people to us.

    Posted by: Andy | Nov 17, 2012 12:08:18 AM

  6. It is rather cynical about the barbarism under the parliamentary language they learned from their former colonial masters.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 17, 2012 3:06:07 AM

  7. Oh hold on, some of these posters ARE right-wing Nazi Freepers. They don't let US post on their Stalinist censored, moderated, banned message boards but we let them in and look what they do, spreading their racist garbage all about the place.

    Let them comment but be aware: the enemy is HERE.

    Posted by: Charlie | Nov 17, 2012 5:11:09 AM

  8. It is sad. When the British government threatened to cut off financial aids if they enact this kind of barbaric laws, they cry racism and imperialism that reminded them of the colonial past. Superficially the elite has adopted the system of government from the British and even may be proud of it. On the other hand, they have this inferiority complex when people tell them what's wrong and why they mess up.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 17, 2012 12:35:32 PM

  9. @Queenie: Your choice of the words "savages", "wild animals" and "filth" tells me that your post is motivated more by racism than a genuine concern for the unfortunate homosexuals who live in that country.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 17, 2012 5:32:20 PM

  10. As ugly on the outside as she is on the inside. That's what hate will do to a person. Make them repulsively ugly. God help our LGBT family in Uganda. Believe me. Once that bill is approved, there will be rampant violence against gays and lesbians.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 17, 2012 6:59:19 PM

  11. US has also chimed in and threatened to cut off aids to Uganda.
    “Cables from the US Department of State that were recently published on Wikileaks suggest that the Ugandan government quickly capitulated to pressure from foreign governments and promised to let the ‘kill-the-gays’ bill die in legislative committee,”
    It is likely that the speaker pushed this bill because she has upped the ante and asked for more money.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 17, 2012 7:17:16 PM

  12. Everyone should reread Simon's post on imperialism and colonialism. I have heard repeatedly on the BBC that locals dread outside intervention. The impetus for the bill NOW is a dirct backlash because of the recent IPU meeting in Canada. Mme Speaker took umbrage at a Canadian government official daring to quetion her homophobia - because she felt it was not on the agenda: "The subject under discussion is 'Citizenship, Identity and Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in a Globalised World', please stick to it [and not homosexuality].'" It's sad she doesn't see how LGBT rights fit those categories. We need to think seriously about our LGBT friends and allies in Africa before opting for a quick, emotional response.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 18, 2012 6:55:28 PM

  13. I cant understand why they are only penalizing the gay men and not the gay women why? because she is a woman?This world needs to be equal through race and sex.

    Posted by: Jaime | Nov 23, 2012 3:18:26 PM

  14. We surely should support a bill which protects minors from 'grooming', but protect adults from ignorant bigotry made law.

    Posted by: Robin Dulake | Nov 24, 2012 3:39:09 AM

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