Thursday, 2 January 2014

Museveni Responds

Mussolini                                     Museveni

The Anti-Gay Bill has been adopted by parliament and now waits to be signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni.

You can e-mail the Office of the President to urge him not to:

However, we're not holding out much hope. This is the guy who reckons there is 'no discrimination' and 'no marginalization' of gay people in his country.

The United Nations human rights office today called on the President of Uganda to refrain from signing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, and urged the country to ensure the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from violence and discrimination.

His response was to tell everyone to back off whilst he takes time to think about it: Uganda President Yoweri Museveni 'Won't Be Pressured' On Anti-Gay Law 

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni will not rush to approve a controversial anti-gay draft law, widely criticised internationally but overwhelmingly backed by local political and religious leaders, his spokesman said on Thursday.
Uganda's parliament adopted the bill on December 20. It will see repeat offenders jailed for life, sparking an international outcry as lawmakers hailed it as a victory against "evil"...
"President Museveni is a practical president, he takes decisions based on analysis and not on how many support or are against it," [spokesman Tamale Mirundi] added. 

This will be a defining moment in Museveni's presidency. He can't continue to play both sides. Will he practically decide to remain in power with the support of the majority of his cabinet, or will he practically decide to risk it all and make a stand on human rights by telling them they're a bunch of numpties?

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