Daily Monitor: Cabinet split over Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

The Daily Monitor is doing some digging and reporting what seems to be some conflict over how to proceed with Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality BIll.

Two Cabinet ministers have disagreed over the proposed softening of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that seeks to punish those involved the act.

The Committee, however, agreed that promotion of homosexuality should be criminalised. “The law should provide that all the parties: publishers, printers, distributors of any materials that promote homosexuality should all be liable to have committed an offence,” the minutes read in part.

Local Government Minister Adolf Mwesige who chaired the Cabinet Committee tasked with finding possible ways of amending MP David Bahati’s Bill and counterpart James Nsaba Buturo of the Ethics docket failed to agree on the recommendations of the committee.

According to correspondences seen by Sunday Monitor, although the Cabinet Committee was supposed to be attended by seven ministers, only three attended the meeting that took place February 22 in Kampala.

Those who attended are Mr Mwesige and State Minister for Foreign Affair Isaac Musumba together with Education Minister Namirembe Bitamazire.

Missed meeting

Those who are on the committee but did not attend the meeting are Gabriel Opiyo (Gender Minister), Kabakumba Masiko (Information Minister), Fred Ruhindi (Justice State Minister) and Dr Buturo.

In a letter dated March 11, Dr Buturo wrote to Mr Mwesige complaining: “The report of the Cabinet Committee … is not in the spirit of the said assignment. There are other concerns that I personally have which that report has not captured.” Dr Buturo argued that Mr Bahati, “an important player in the Bill” should also be invited for consultations in another meeting.

But Mr Mwesige, who chaired the meeting, wrote back on March 15: “The report is already scheduled on Agenda of Cabinet. I am therefore not in position to hold another meeting of the committee as your letter suggests.”

In their recommendations, the committee argued that the title of the Bill; Anti-Homosexuality, is stigmatising and appears to be targeting a particular group of people. They therefore want the “useful provisions of the proposed law” incorporated into the Sexual Offences Act.

Unfortunately, the desire to criminalize consenting adults remains according to this report. Opponents of the bill need to do more than protest. We need to make the case that criminalization is not an appropriate state action.

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4 thoughts on “Daily Monitor: Cabinet split over Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill”

  1. I have to say that Euro-American Gay Propaganda machine is more sophisticated than I imagined. Wow, Uganda is now comparable to Nazi Germany. Very funny. Let it be known that we are not deceived or moved by this false comparison. A false comparison that is convenient and makes excellent fodder for gay propagandist warriors on the internet. Ugandans are intelligent enough to tell the difference between ongoing attempts to resist foreign imposition of Western debauchery on African people and historical attempts by Nazi genocidal maniacs to exterminate Jews and other non-Whites from the face of the earth. We are not intimidated by such cheap media blackmail. The process of law-making in Uganda remains unruffled by these internet warriors.

  2. @Warren,

    “…Unfortunately, the desire to criminalize consenting adults remains according to this report. Opponents of the bill need to do more than protest. We need to make the case that criminalization is not an appropriate state action…”


    Wow !! Warren, you need to do more? Let me guess? You guys need to launch a military invasion of Uganda and re-establish colonial rule over these African simpletons who are incapable of making the “correct” decision in order to come into the “21st century (of Gayism)”. First thing to do will be to dissolve that annoying Parliament of Uganda and bring the whole country under the suzerainty of the United States Congress. Perhaps, after a couple of years, with gay marriage legalized and polygamy firmly criminalized, Uganda could become the 51st state of the USA. I believe their is a precedent for that: Kingdom of Hawaii invaded and colonized and later on, converted to the 50th State of the United States.

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