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Parliament to table Anti-Homosexuality Bill tomorrow

The movers of motion are rumoured to be led by Bugiri MP Asuman Basalirwa who seeks to awaken the Anti Homosexuality law that was previously passed by Parliament in 2014.

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Parliament of Uganda will tomorrow (Wednesday, March 1) present a draft law aimed at shielding Ugandans from elements of homosexuality, among other things.

The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among confirmed the development on Tuesday morning after the joint ecumenical thanksgiving service at Parliament.

Ms Among said that parliament is doing all it can to tackle the escalating moral decay soiling Uganda as a country and that the promoters of homosexuality do not appreciate the values of Ugandans that they are destroying.

“We want to appreciate our promotors of homosexuality for the social economic development they have brought to the country but we do not appreciate the fact that they are killing morals,” she said.

“We don’t appreciate the values of Ugandans that they are destroying. We do not appreciate their money that they are using to destroy our culture. We do not need their money, we need our culture. And on that note therefore, as an institution of Parliament that passes the laws, tomorrow [Wednesday] we are going to bring a Bill on anti-homosexuality.”

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During the same service convened under the theme “Let your light shine; rebuilding our Godly image” Among has demanded that leaders be exemplary by providing the required light to flush out darkness killing society.

“We are going out to the World as the light. I want to promise you that as the legislature, we are going to be the light of the world,” Speaker Among said.

Sources within parliament intimated to this website that the matter which comes at a critical point may be lined up on the order paper to allow movers of the motion to be accorded leave to process the Bill.

The movers of motion are rumoured to be led by the Bugiri Municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa who will largely delve into the shelved Anti Homosexuality law that was previously passed by Parliament but later quashed by the constitutional court in 2014.

There has been country-wide condemnation of growing homosexuality tendencies in the country, championed by religious leaders of all walks of life and a section of politicians.

President Museveni last week said Uganda will not embrace homosexuality and the West should stop seeking to impose its views to compel dissenting countries to “normalise” what he called “deviations”.

Officiating at the national celebrations to mark Janani Luwum Day at Wii-Gweng village in Mucwini Sub-County, Kitgum District, Mr Museveni said “we are not going to follow people who are lost. These Europeans are not normal, they don’t listen”. 

“We have been telling them ‘please, this problem of homosexuality is not something that you should normalise and celebrate,” he said, adding, “They (Western countries) don’t listen, they don’t respect other people’s views and they want to turn the abnormal into normal and force it on others. We shall not agree.” 

The President’s remarks, which drew applause from congregants, were in response to several pleas made by the Church of Uganda Archbishop, His Grace Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu asking government to join the Church in condemning homosexuality and legislate against it.

Uganda has strict anti-gay legislation but there have been no prosecutions for consensual same-sex acts in the country in recent years.

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In 2014, the Constitution Court struck down a bill passed by MPs and signed by Mr Museveni that sought to impose life imprisonment for homosexual relations. 

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