Fearful of retribution, some of Uganda’s MPs want to debate the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in private, according to a March 31 article in the Observer (UG). The article lists 35 MPs who have gone on record as supporting the bill. Others interviewed for article refused to express a position.
There may be some truth in their concerns. It seems likely that travel restrictions will be imposed by some foreign governments on MPs who support the bill. Uganda will take hits to several sectors of their economy if the bill passes and becomes law.
However, having debate in private will do little to change these consequences. Foreign interests have made it quite clear that passage of the human rights disaster that is the Anti-Homosexuality Bill will lead to a re-evaluation of relationships in Uganda.