Uganda to pass anti-gay bill this year

2012-11-12 13:26

Kampala - The speaker of Uganda's parliament says an anti-homosexual bill will be passed before the end of 2012 despite international criticism of the draft legislation.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said on Monday that the bill, which originally mandated death for some gay acts, will become law this year since most Ugandans "are demanding it".

Kadaga said she promised as much before a meeting on Friday of activists who spoke of "the serious threat" posed by homosexuals and demanded the law as "a Christmas gift".

Pepe Julian Onziema, a Ugandan gay activist, said the new push to pass the law was frustrating.

President Barack Obama has described the bill as "odious" and some European countries have threatened to cut aid to Uganda if it passes.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-11-12 13:29

    Don't threaten to cut aid, just cut it. Leave Uganda to rot in it's moronic bigotry.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-12 14:33


      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-12 15:03

      I agree.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-11-12 15:05

      Ugandan government is nothing but primitive, backward fools. No more aid for them, let them 'survive' on their own. Pure ignorant filth.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-12 15:33

      I remember a few years ago, the USA offered them 3000 tons of free GM-corn seeds. Thanks to some persuasion by tree-huggers, they refused. That could have been used to grow crops to feed the entire country. Seems the believe in superstition and wild stories other people tell 'em. Stupidity, ugh

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-13 13:59

      @Omonaija - you're dead wrong. Uganda is not 'choosing it's own part'. The complete stupidity of the Ugandan people has been displayed in that it has fallen hook, line, and sinker for the hysteria and blatant lies of evagelical pastors from America who have been spreading the lie that homosexuals recruit children. The American right has fired up homophobia in Uganda, Uganda is just aping its American masters. View this video if you want to be educated on what the situation really is, and why Uganda is even considering such insane measures:

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-11-12 13:31

    The AU is silent, no money in protecting gay rights, just oil concessions

  • matusowsky - 2012-11-12 13:36

    So while the rest of the world. Oves forward, Uganda goes backwards. What a laugh.

  • mtlhavanirecksons - 2012-11-12 13:40

    Drastic stuff!!

  • emile.butler - 2012-11-12 13:44

    Booo! to you Uganda. Go back to the Dark Ages and please stay there.

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-13 14:00

      Tebogo you do not deserve the freedom's you received when apartheid ended. If you can wish death on people for their consenting adult relationships. You make me sick. Crawl back in your cave.

  • colin.mckenzie.108 - 2012-11-12 13:47

    First They Came For The Jews by Martin Niemöller First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.

  • coeniekukkuk - 2012-11-12 14:10

    Cut their aid. Western countries can not be aiding this (or seen to be aiding it) as they would be complicit.

  • - 2012-11-12 14:27

    Just cut the aid to Uganda, that's scandalous,discraceful!! Shame on this Country!!!

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-13 14:03

      @Tebogo you're a sick bigot. Move there if you are so against basic human rights.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-11-12 14:27

    And Africa continues to be nothing more than a face palm to the rest of the world....

  • JManAtheoi - 2012-11-12 14:34

    And that is why Africa will never be able compete with the Rest of the world...with "lawmakers" and "leaders" like these...pathetic.

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-13 14:05

      Actually omonaija, Africans have been brainwashed by evangelical pastors. The homophobic message and the lie that homosexuals 'recruit' children (which you will hear every homophobic pastor in Uganda say) was spread by christians from America. Uganda cannot even think for itself. There is a documentary on it on youtube. If you Don't watch that, you won't know the truth. Uganda is just aping its neocolonial masters.

  • philjoubert - 2012-11-12 15:02

    Uganda is proof that religious fundamentalism combined with fear can lead people down a very ugly path.\r\n\r\nThis makes me SO angry.\r\n\r\nAlso, people giving thumbs down on lots of these comments- come out and comment under your own name. Scared of showing your small minded, hateful, scared selves?\r\n\r\nMorgan Freeman said it best: \It's not homophobia. You're not AFRAID of anything, you're an a$$hole.\

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-12 15:03

    If they pass it, then they cannot claim to be in a true democracy. The majorities demands should never trump basic human rights.

  • modernmetaphysicist.modern - 2012-11-12 15:43

    Seems Uganda is still candle lit!!! apply the sanctions

  • arvind.virdee - 2012-11-12 18:41

    Much as I fear the consequences of this bill for the gay-identified individuals of Uganda, I also fear that sanctions and cutting off aid is not the answer. Those who would suffer most are the poor and impoverished, who will be the first to lose out as the Ugandan govt adapts to its loss of income. Better surely to work with Uganda in evacuating those endangered gay people as refugees and offering them asylum in more liberal countries. It calls the seemingly high motives of the West into suspicion. Do we care more about the safety and welfare of individual human beings, gay and straight, in Uganda or simply imposing our own values onto other societies?

  • tebogo.makaneta - 2012-11-13 07:25

    People attack with insults anything they do not understand. How terrible for them!

      tebogo.makaneta - 2012-11-13 10:34

      Give me more thumbs down, I wasn't expecting thumbs up anyway.

  • daniel.v.wyk - 2012-11-13 07:35

    God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve, being gay is wrong, it is not a human right.

      Thermophage - 2012-11-13 11:36

      Being Daniel van Wyk is wrong.

      simon.fleishman.7 - 2012-11-13 14:03

      Wow, many thanks for that bit of clarity! Humanity can be greatful that we have you as a sound conscience and a pillar of light! Oh, no, wait.... DOUCHE!!!

      hungwetinashe - 2012-11-24 10:48

      I agree with you daniel. Solaflair where is it written in the bible that God made gay people. Isn't it the reason that he destroyed sodom and Gommorrah. Get your facts straight before commenting. As for Uganda their government is right since its the majority that don't want the gay rights. Majority rules.

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