Friday, 14 February 2014

Museveni to Sign Bill

Tweet just in from @wamala_dennis under the hashtag #AHBUganda:

The president bows to local pressure and agrees to sign the bill.

Followed by a flurry of articles, none of which look good.

Museveni said that he would sign the bill if he was offered scientific proof that homosexuality is not genetic... a spokesperson for the government of Uganda, confirmed Friday that Museveni will sign the bill after “medical experts presented a report that homosexuality is not genetic but a social behavior” recently.


This is despite valiant efforts by Ugandan MP Fox Odoi to prevent the bill passing: 

Fox Odoi, a member of parliament for West Budama North, has written to President Yoweri Museveni urging him to reject the bill.  
In his letter sent yesterday (13 February) and leaked to local media, Odoi has said he has consulted with legal experts and they believe the legislation is unconstitutional. 
The unnamed law firm argues by regulating the behavior of gay and lesbian Ugandans while not regulating behavior of heterosexuals, it will violate article 21 of the constitution. 
Article 21 ‘guarantees’ equality and freedom of discrimination.

And we will not stop reporting until that equality is achieved.

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