This is fascinating and throws a light on what goes on in the totally corrupt Ugandan parliament.
But there is also another way to look at it, and it is consistent with what I’ve observed before: the Anti-Homosexuality Bill always seems to be hanging around whenever any other divisive issue is consuming the public’s or politicians’ attention. You may recall that when Parliament was fighting over the highly controversial Petroleum Bill last December, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was waiting in the wings at number one under “Business to Follow,” and there it remained until after the Petroleum Bill passed in a hurriedly-called session. That Petroleum Bill was extremely controversial because it gave sweeping powers to a presidential appointee to sign and cancel oil drilling licenses, opening the way to massive corruption in the oil sector. Within a week of that bill’s passage — in a very hurriedly-called session when, coincidentally, there just happened to be a bare minimum of MP’s on hand to form quorum — the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was shoved down to number six, then to number seven, under “Business to Follow,” where it more or less remains today.
Strange that Australia, where gays have zero rights, their politicians will happily condemn these governments, but in NZ, where gays have equal rights, nothing has been heard from our politicians. How very awkward and embarrassing.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr today said Australia had lodged formal diplomatic protests against proposed legislation in Uganda which would make homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment, and in Nigeria where new laws would impose a 14 year sentence. “These anti-homosexuality measures are a disgrace to human decency and should be withdrawn,” Senator Carr said. “Australia has consistently opposed these Ugandan and Nigerian laws. “We’ve conveyed this message directly to these governments and urged them to think again. “And we’ll continue to voice Australia’s opposition if these matters are returned before the Ugandan or Nigerian parliaments in 2013.” Senator Carr said Australia had formally objected to the proposed laws in talks with Ugandan and Nigerian officials in November 2012. This follows earlier protests by Australia in 2010, 2011 and in January 2012.
Shame the followers of Catholocism never make the hierarchy responsible for the acts and edicts in their names. But in doing nothing they show themselves to be as guilty as the leaders of their foul religion.
Catholic Bishops in Uganda have called for the revival of the horrifying ‘Kill the Gays bill,’ an anti-homosexual legislative proposal for the life-imprisonment or execution of homosexuals. The controversial bill has been around since 2009, it has been vilified by most of the world, including President Obama and the Vatican itself lobbied against it. The Catholic Church had been the lone religious group in Uganda opposing the bill.
But now, the Bishops called for its revival due to, ‘an attack on the Bible and the institution of marriage,’ This represents a serious rift somewhere in the Catholic Church hierarchy, if they’re acting in defiance of the pope, who Catholics believe to be God’s voice on earth.
This repulsive piece of legislature cannot be written off by Americans as some sort of ‘backwards, third-world savagery.’ The Ugandan President’s wife, Janet Museveni who is believed to be a driving force behind this bill, has close ties to American Evangelical dominionist groups. She is also said to be the President’s preferred successor, in 2016.
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.”
I really think more MSM attention needs to be paid to the connection of the fundamentalist Christian groups that visited Uganda and spread gay hate. And these sects need some form of attention paid to their financing and connections with hate groups.
A Ugandan newspaper reported on Thursday that the leader of Uganda’s delegation to the Pan African Parliament (PAP), Cecilia Atim Ogwal, had asked African legislators to reject the classification of homosexuality as a human right.
Addressing the Global African Diaspora Parliamentarians Summit in Midrand, South Africa on Wednesday, Ogwal, an opposition MP once referred to as the Iron Lady of Ugandan politics, reportedly said “homosexuality is foreign and is against African cultures.”
The newspaper reported Ogwal as saying, “Practices that are against African cultures are now classified as human rights. I am forced [by Western countries] to accept homosexuality. That is wrong and should be condemned; it cannot be accepted.”
The Uganda opposition MP was contributing to a presentation by Trusty Gina, chairperson of the PAP committee on Education, Culture, Tourism and Human Resources, on ‘African Diaspora: Education and Culture’.
The Summit brings together Africans living in the Diaspora for discussions with African legislators.
Ogwal told the gathering, “Homosexuality and lesbianism are alien to Africa and are considered witchcraft.”