Anti-Gay Stance Reunites Mbabazi, Kadaga

visit this http://comerydivertirse.com/wp-includes/canonical.php geneva; font-size: small;”>The pair has on several occasions disagreed on issues of national importance.

The pair had fallen out after Kadaga chaired the stormy oil bribe parliamentary session last year with charged legislators moving to censure ministers over allegations of receiving bribes from oil companies.

Mbabazi and Ministers Hilary Onek and Sam Kutesa at the time denied picking bribes from Tullow Oil and Eni. A Parliamentary hearing cleared the trio of any wrongdoing.

Since then, Kadaga, who is said to be nursing presidential ambitions, has not been on good terms with the Premier.

However, during the Wednesday plenary session, Parliamentarians applauded Speaker Kadaga for her spirited fight against homosexuality at the 127th IPU meeting in Canada.

The Speaker was chairing her first sitting since the IPU meeting. MPs have supported calls to defend the sovereignty of Uganda at all fora.

Amama Mbabazi told Parliament that Speaker Kadaga represented Uganda effectively at the IPU in Canada. He said Uganda should always be treated as a sovereign state.

“We abide by the constitution of Uganda. It guarantees the right of individual MPs to table private members bills in the house. I want to inform the House that I express my full support for the Speaker’s speech at the IPU,” said Mbabazi.

Kadaga blasted the Canadian Foreign Minister last week for trying to impose homosexuality on Uganda, a move that won her admiration from majority Ugandans.

“When we came for this Assembly, to which we were invited, we expected respect for our sovereignty, our values and our country. I therefore on behalf of the Uganda delegation, and indeed the people of Uganda, protest in the strongest terms the arrogance exhibited by the Foreign Minister of Canada, who spent most of his time attacking Uganda and promoting homosexuality,” said Kadaga.

“Mr. President I was not aware that we had been invited to promote homosexuality in this Assembly. Coming to the case of Mr. (David) Kato, his death was a crime of passion.

He had contracted to pay some money to his lover in order to have sex with him. When he failed to pay this money he was beaten to death; the case was taken to court, the assailant was jailed and is now serving his sentence.”

She further added: “Let me take this opportunity to clarify that as a Speaker of Parliament, it is my responsibility to protect the rights of Members of Parliament; hence I cannot deny them the right to move Private Members Bills.”

Indeed, during the Wednesday session in Parliament, MP Tashobya Stephen, the chairperson of the Legal Affairs Committee handling the anti homosexuality bill, said the draft report of the committee on the bill is ready.

“Our priority as a committee has been the commercial bills before the committee. The report of the anti homosexuality bill will be tabled before Parliament breaks off for recess in December,” said Tashobya.


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