Rebecca Kadaga has said the bill will be re-tabled this month and parliament will vote as soon as possible
Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament has said the anti-gay law will return.
Rebecca Kadaga, who previously called the passed law to be a ‘Christmas gift’ to the population, has said the bill will be re-tabled this month.
Over 200 lawmakers have signed a petition demanding a swift vote to undo a ruling last week by Uganda’s Constitutional Court that invalidated the Anti-Homosexuality Act.
‘Now that we have the 207 signatures, the rest is going to be smooth,’ Kadaga said.
Under the law, homosexuality and promotion of homosexuality was punished with life imprisonment.
David Bahati, the original author of the bill, as said: ‘We shall not get tired of defending the future of our children.’
Lawmaker Latif Ssebaggala said: ‘We want to ensure everybody that we have not backtracked. We are still on course and in fact we are more energized that our culture, our norms, our religious norms are protected.’
The MPs believe they have a waiver that could allow the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to reduce the number of days it takes to pass laws. Normally it would take at least 45, they want it done in three.
They claim it is in their right to demand that laws be passed without following proper procedure, and that the Anti-Homosexuality Act should be reinstated immediately.
by Joe Morgan
Source – Gay Star News