Museveni summons NRM MPs over Anti-Homosexuality Bill

The bill, which Museveni is expected to sign into law, would see anyone engaging in acts of homosexuality facing 20 years in jail and a death penalty for convicts of aggravated homosexuality.

President Museveni and First lady, Janet Museveni

KAMPALA, UGANDA: President Museveni has summoned the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Parliamentary Caucus to discuss the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2023.

The meeting, according to a State House tweet will be held on Thursday at State House Entebbe, starting at 2 pm.

“President @KagutaMuseveni, who is also the chairman of the ruling @NRMOnline will on Thursday this week, convene the Party’s Parliamentary Caucus to discuss among other things; the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023,” State House tweeted on Wednesday.

The bill, which Museveni is expected to sign into law, would see anyone engaging in acts of homosexuality facing 20 years in jail and the death penalty for convicts of aggravated homosexuality.

The proposed legislation has attracted global condemnation, with United States National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby saying Washington would “have to take a look” at imposing economic sanctions on Uganda.

International companies operating in Uganda have since threatened to leave the country if the bill is signed into law, while European countries have vowed to withhold donor aid.

President Museveni had promised to convene a meeting with the Ugandan MPs to harmonize the bill and see how best to protect the children from homosexuality.

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“Africa should provide the lead to save the world from this degeneration and decadence, which is really very dangerous for humanity. If people of opposite sexes stop appreciating one another, then how will the human race be propagated?” he asked.

President Museveni made these observations while interacting with a delegation of Members of Parliament from over 22 African countries and the United Kingdom who had converged in Entebbe for a 2-day first-ever inter-parliamentary conference on family values and sovereignty that ran under the theme ‘Protecting African Culture and Family Values’.

The delegation was led to State House Entebbe by Hon. Sarah Opendi, the Tororo Woman MP and Chairperson of the Conference, as well as the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Forum on Family.

They called on President Museveni to thank him for his firm stand against homosexuality and to bring to his attention some of the African-Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and EU agreements that pose a threat and danger to the sovereignty of the member states of the ACP.

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President Museveni noted that initially, the practice that was thought to be a deviation from the norm is more dangerous than drugs. He, therefore, sought the identification of the focal point of homosexuality, as it is neither genetic nor hormonal.

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