Yowari Museveni will apparently not provoke a Constitutional crisis and remain in office after age 75 but he is backing his wife as the NRM standard bearer when he retires. This according to the East African:
Apparently, First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni has emerged as the preferred successor to the president, with the full backing of her husband, who is also chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement.
Senior security sources told The EastAfrican that the president dropped the name of his wife, who is also Ruhaama MP and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, a few weeks ago while meeting top army generals, who form a critical power base of the regime, and whose support will be key to whoever succeeds the incumbent.
The source added that the generals did not expect this twist in the succession saga.
“There was a loud silence in the room. Army chiefs were all in disbelief [that he could name his wife for successor]. I don’t know how it will end because they [generals] have remained quiet, instead of coming out in support of Mzee’s choice,” said the source.
THIS INFORMATION WAS RELEASED LAST YEAR…….FROM WIKILEAKS, THANK THEM AGAIN PILGRIM.
According to a newly released US diplomatic cable, the wife of the President of Uganda, Janet Musceveni, “is ultimately behind” the Anti-Homosexuality (AHB, ‘Kill gays’) Bill.
The cable is amongst those newly released unredacted by Wikileaks. It is signed by the US Ambassador to Uganda, Jerry Lanier.
It quotes a 2009 private conversation with Senior Presidential Adviser John Nagenda, who had just published a column in The New Vision newspaper comparing the AHB to McCarthyism and the Inquisition. He told an Embassy Political Officer:
“President Museveni is “quite intemperate” when it comes to homosexuality, but that the President will likely recognize the dangers of passing the anti-homosexuality legislation. He said First Lady Janet Museveni, who he described as a “very extreme woman”, is ultimately behind the bill.”
“He added that the bill’s most vociferous public supporter, Ethics and Integrity Minister Nsaba Buturo, is a “very bad guy” responsible for a campaign of mass arrests – known by the Swahili term ‘panda gari’ – during the early 1980s under the Obote II regime while serving as Kampala’s District Commissioner. Nagenda said Buturo is using the anti-homosexuality legislation to redefine himself and “will do anything in his power to be a populist.” He advised the U.S. and other donors to refrain from publicly condemning the bill as this fuels the anti-homosexual and anti-western rhetoric of the bill’s proponents.”
Remember please that this act is back before the Ugandan Government. The same Government whose Army like to rape. They are a crap Government.
In a move that will likely surprise no one, lawmakers in Uganda have once again introduced the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009.
The legislation, which President Obama once called “odious”, was dubbed the “Kill the Gays” bill for its death penalty provision for repeat offenders. However, the draft legislation is said to have been modified to drop that aspect of the bill.
From the BBC:
A BBC correspondent says MPs laughed, clapped and cried out: “Our bill, our bill,” when its architect David Bahati reintroduced the draft legislation on Tuesday.
The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was shelved in 2011 after an international outcry.
The BBC’s Joshua Mmali in the capital, Kampala, says Mr Bahati, the primary backer of the bill, has confirmed the draft legislation has changed in one fundamental way.
Those found guilty of “aggravated homosexuality” – defined as when one of the participants is a minor, HIV-positive, disabled or a “serial offender” – would no longer face the death penalty, as originally proposed.
This appears to be slightly inaccurate however. The ever vigilant Warren Throckmorton reports that the legislation tabled by MP Bahati contains no such change. Instead, word is the legislation could be changed at committee stage. Throckmorton has both the original bill and the proposed amended text. However, readers familiar with the legislation’s history will know that such assurances have been made before only for the bill to go to the voting stage in tact and without the death sentence deleted.
The legislation was originally introduced in 2009. Then, following an international outcry, action on the Bill stalled until last year when it came close to a full vote before a procedural oversight meant parliament ran out of time.
Uganda’s First Lady has been pushing for a gay pogrom in her country, according to Wikileaks cables revealed by a Ugandan newspaper.
Janet Museveni is “ultimately behind” the kill-the-gays bill tailored by Ugandan and American evangelicals. Interestingly, her husband, the president, has been trying to sideline the same bill.
The disclosure comes from none other than a senior presidential adviser in Uganda who felt “morally obligated to speak out against the legislation, which he compared to McCarthyism.” That’s an understatement. McCarthy never tried to execute communists.