BREAKING NEWS: Anti-Gay Bill Returns To Uganda Parliament

pharm "sans-serif"; color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: ‘Times New Roman’; mso-bidi-font-family: ‘Times New Roman’; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;”>4:30: Kiwanuka says no loyalties have been realised. Katuntu wonders why there was delay of money transfer to consolidated fund account.

help "sans-serif"; color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: ‘Times New Roman’; mso-bidi-font-family: ‘Times New Roman’; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;”>3:34pm: Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka speaks about Resolution number 5 regarding payments of oil taxes to government.

She is interrupted by Ibrahim Ssemujju who wonders why MPs rehearsed to make noise in the house.

Gerald Karuhanga says while in London for the Heritage Arbitration case, hundreds of concerned Ugandans lauded the vibrancy of 9th Parliament.

Kadaga says Minister of Finance should give response to one of the resolutions which had a time frame of sdeven days.

Kiwanuka says putting the funds on consolidated accounts was aimed at transparency.

She notes that on July 21, 2011 USD449, 424,960m was converted into Shs1.161, 736,556,120 .and deposited on the shillings consolidated account.of Government

She presents to the house bank statements of the capital gains tax -but quickly adds not all revenues are related to the oil revenues but oil transactions.


Drama started with Speaker Rebecca Kadaga saying by Thursday, she will have named an adhoc committee to kick start investigations into reports that three ministers received bribes from oil company Tullow. They are Sam Kutesa, Amama Mababazi and Hilary Onek.

“This week on Thursday I will conclude the terms of reference of the adhoc committee on oil sector and will announce the members on the committee to start investigations,” she says.

Kadaga, in response to Beti Among query on whether action is being taken on ministers probed over bribes, adds that the resolutions have been sent to President Yoweri Museveni to take action.

3:00: Opposition stand-in Winfred Kiiza says even when the committee is named, it should start to work on a clean slate with no intimidation, like what am beginning to see (NRM booing).

3:05: Simon Aleper says when an MP rises to talk we all listen and respect each other. “I have seen my colleagues on his side NRM shouting with no listening.

Kadaga says: “When we passed resolutions, we had delayed sitting for at least one hours. I suspended the House two times to ensure that they are here because it is to them. We have done our work; we have given them the resolutions. Let us wait and see. I have a committee on Thursday and we set up our committee, and start investigations.”

“I have informed you that I have sent resolutions to the president and waiting response. I have also told you that on Thursday I will form the adhoc committee.

Winifred Kiiza insists the most crucial issue on the floor is about resolution 9 which talks about Ministers suspected of oil bribery.

Kabakumba Masiko rises on a point of order quoting rules of procedure to bring down Kiiza’s idea that the matter should not be debated.

Kadaga shuns Masiko, orders Kiiza to proceed.

Kiiza says the resolution passed on Tuesday 11, October 2011 asked ministers to step aside which they haven’t.

State Works Minister John Byabagambi says: “Hon. Members let us learn to listen to each other and make meaningful debate. I grew up in a civilized family not like Tinkasimire, who does whatever he wants at a time of his wish.

Kadaga insists the matter is before president who should take action. “Is it procedurally right to debate on matters when you have already ruled? I didn’t hear a resolution that no one won’t associate with any suspect mentioned in the resolutions. We have a canteen at Parliament, are you suggesting that some members shall be expelled from the canteen facilities? Please don’t over-stretch things.

MP Geoffrey Ekanya says what action should be taken in case the speaker doesn’t get the response from the Head of State. “Do we evoke our powers as Parliament?”

He says the 3 ministers undergoing CHOGM trial should officially communicate they have stepped aside.

Proposed by Ndorwa West MP David Bahati, viagra the bill seeks to criminalise aggravated homosexuality with convicts facing a death sentence.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga today said if Parliament is interested in saving 8th Parliament Bills, so be it.

“The reports of the 8th parliament will be used as working documents and the committees will re-handle the Bills, if the Parliament agrees that we save them,” Kadaga said.

The motion to return the Bills was moved by Lt Col Sara Mpabwa today. “I am moving a motion to save the Bills left un- debated by the Eighth Parliament,” she said.

The motion was seconded by MP Crispus Ayena.

Other Bills include: Anti-Money Laundering Bill 2009, Narcotics Bill 2007, Regional governments bill 2009, Transfer of convicted offenders Bill 2007 and Geographical Bill 2006.

Others are Government assurances Bill 2008, Shuttles security Bill 2009, Companies bill 2009, Marriage and divorce 2009, Prohibition of torture Bill 2010, Plant protection & health Bill l2010 among others.

MP Sam Lyomoki had earlier said an amendment be included reading ‘any other Bills’ because there could be some others left behind by the motion movers, and they are in the committees.

There was some resistance from MP Abdu Katuntu who said Bills come to the House through readings and are committed to the relevant committees.

He was overruled by the Speaker who defended her stance saying she has carried out ample research in India, House of Commons and Canada which justified her proposed method of dealing with the Bills.

The Anti-Gay Bill proponents got backing from fiery legislator MP Barnabus Tinkasimire.

“The anti-gays Bill is overdue because the spirit of my ancestors tell me that they lived without these practices (homosexuality),”he charged.

“I have been hearing government officials that when we pass the anti-gays Bill, we shall loose the donor’s money. We can’t afford to stay with such ills in our society and when it comes before the floor, we shall all pass it and support it,” he added, attracting an ovation from fellow backbenchers.

Kadaga then ruled: “All reports not discussed in the Eighth Parliament will also be brought through a motion and discussed, passed or amended.”

Experts say much as moralists are celebrating over Kadaga’s resolution to return the Bill for debate, legislators are bound to lose media attention earlier focused on corruption in the oil sector.

The Anti-homosexuality Bill, which at one time US leader Barack Obama labelled ‘odious,’ has attracted good copy sales for newspaper barons.

Senior Parliamentary reporters say once the Bill is tabled before Parliament, the legislators would pass it with ease.

Bahati says the bill is aimed at stamping out western-imported immoral behaviours from society, protecting the moral fabric of the nation, saving the traditional family and buttressing legislation against gayism. Bahati says the Penal Code Act which criminalises homosexuality is ‘vague’.

However, Human Rights Groups say homosexuality is an inherent sexual right that must be respected by all countries in the world.

Western donors recently threatened to cut aid to all countries that criminalise homosexuality.

The Ugandan society is hugely conservative with millions looking at homosexuality as a ‘western evil’ creeping into their clean culture.


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