Ugandan gay rights activists are tense regarding tomorrow’s reported re-tabling in parliament of the infamous Anti Homosexuality Bill 2009.
News website, UGPulse.com, had reported on its website that Parliament was reconsidering re-tabling the bill.
Confusion ensued as the Information Minister and the parliamentary spokesman seemed to say different things concerning the now infamous “Kill the Gays Bill.”
While Mary Karooro Okurut, Uganda’s Information and National Guidance minister, denied media reports that the infamous piece of legislation which sought the death penalty for gays would be re-tabled when Ugandan Parliament reconvenes tomorrow February7, parliamentary spokeswoman, Helen Kaweesa refused to speculate on what bills would be re-tabled, saying “Let’s wait and see what bills government presents tomorrow.”
Okurut, the government’s official spokeswoman, told Behind the Mask in Kampala, “Government is not interested in the bill” and that Cabinet had taken its final stand on the bill last year by rejecting it.
Gay activists are monitoring the developments with increased interest.
Stephen Tashobya, the Chairperson of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee could not be reached for a comment.
In October last year, a Ugandan army officer successfully moved a motion in Parliament to resurrect all bills that had been shelved in the previous Parliament, including the Bahati Bill, into the agenda of the current ninth Parliament.
The officer, Sarah Mpabwa, an army representative in Parliament, said all bills and reports that were shelved in Uganda’s eighth Parliament should be saved and re-tabled for discussion.
Meanwhile, the author of the proposed law, David Bahati claims that the Ugandan government cannot influence his bill because it is a private members bill and as such, property of parliament and not Cabinet