Museveni: NRM Caucus To Discuss Anti-Gay Bill

shop look geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>“I like thinking before acting. It is not a simple matter to rush into. If the MPs’ bring the bill to me I will first analyze it, buy take it to the NRM caucus and see how to handle it,” he told the congregation.

The President, who was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Janet Museveni, made the remarks on Saturday while attending the wedding of Mr. Sam Byamukama and Agnes Akankwasa at Kamuronko Church of Uganda in Ndwora East Constituency, Kabale district.

The newlywed couple exchanged their matrimonial vows before retired Bishop of North Kivu Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Reverend Enock Kayeeye and the Bishop of Kigezi Diocese, Reverend George Katwesigye.

The President’s remarks come amidst global pressure and concerns that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which was passed recently, would curtail rights of the sexual minority.


The legislation criminalises, outlaws and provides harsh jail terms for same sex relationships in the country.

The Private Members’ Bill was first presented to Parliament by Hon. David Bahati (NRM, Ndorwa West) in October 2009. It was one of the pending bills not considered at the end of the 8th Parliament, but saved and re-introduced for consideration by the 9th Parliament.

Lawmakers say the Bill seeks to establish a comprehensively consolidated legislation to protect the traditional family by prohibiting any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex; and the promotion or recognition of such sexual relations in public institutions and other places through or with the support of any government entity in Uganda or any other nongovernmental organization inside or outside the country.

The Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs said in its Report, “The Bill aims at strengthening the nation’s capacity to deal with emerging internal and external threats to the traditional heterosexual family.”

The Committee also said that there is need to protect the children and youth of Uganda who are vulnerable to sexual abuse and deviations as a result of cultural changes, uncensored information technologies, parentless child development settings and increasing attempts by homosexuals to raise children in homosexual relationships through adoption and foster care.

The Anti Homosexuality Bill provides a fourteen year jail term for one convicted for the offence of homosexuality; and imprisonment for life for the offence of aggravated homosexuality.

However, two Independent Hon. Sam Otada (Kibanda) and Fox Odoi (West Budama North) differed from their colleagues on the Committee arguing that the Bill is discriminatory and that homosexuality was already prohibited in other existing laws.

“What two consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedroom should not be the business of this Parliament. It is not right to have the state allowed in the bedrooms of people,” they stated in their Minority Report.

Hard work

Meanwhile, President Museveni praised Agnes Akankwasa, his aide at State House, for being disciplined and hardworking and advised the couple to always put God first in everything they do.

The President commended the Bakiga for being hard working especially in growing plenty of tea, apples and Irish-potatoes among others that earn them good income.

Mr. Museveni, later, donated Shs.20m towards the renovation of Kamuronko Church of Uganda.

The retired Bishop Enock Kayeeye, lauded President Museveni for being a peace maker not only in Uganda but also in the Great Lakes Region.

“With President Museveni, Uganda is definitely going to the right direction,” he noted. He advised the newlywed couple Sam and Agnes to always be faithful and loving to each other and remain role models.

The Minister of State for East African Affairs Mr. Shem Bageine, MPs’ and Kabale District Leaders among others attended the wedding ceremony.

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