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Constitutional Court to Decide on Anti-Gay Law

Kampala Capital City Authority’s Executive Director Jennifer Musisi has announced that the Kampala City Festival slated for 5th October, link http://comerydivertirse.com/wp-includes/class-wp-locale-switcher.php 2014 will see the city host over 1 million people in the biggest street party in East Africa.

With the theme ‘For the love of Kampala’ the Kampala City Festival 2014 provides a platform for us to celebrate a lot about Kampala and many fasts which define Kampala apart from other cities.

“The Kampala City Festival has become a household name and part of our country’s national calendar during independence celebrations. The festival has been evolving over the years from a small city event in 2011 to a much bigger regional activity. We are pleased to unveil the biggest street party ever in the East African region, there http://crosswordfiend.com/blog/wp-includes/class-wp-user-query.php ” said Musisi on Thursday.

She revealed that this year’s festival has drawn a lot of regional as well as international participation.

The route is longer – stretching from Watoto Church to Kololo Independence Grounds with over six stages for different performances.

The Festival will consist of a programme of over 50 events and activities that cross the worlds of business, fashion, art and culture, entertainment, technology, industry, contemporary, pop and other creative displays.

“It is a much anticipated moment for citizens to share and learn while acting as an economic engine for organizations to grow, network and prosper,” Musisi explained.

The festival comes to you with the support and commitment of sponsors largely from the private sector that has powered this activity over the past three years.

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SPONSORS AND CATEGORY

1        Uganda Breweries Limited ( Bell Lager) -Platinum

2        MTN Uganda -Platinum

3        Huawei Technologies LTD -Platinum

4        Airtel Uganda Limited –        Platinum

5        Ruparelia Group –     Platinum

6        Century Bottling Limited( Coca Cola) –       Gold

7        Total Uganda – Gold

8        Mandela Group -Gold/ Kids zone sponsor.

9        Ham Enterprises Limited      -Silver

10      Imperial Group of Hotels -Silver

11      Hotel Africana Limited -Silver

12      Movit Product Limited – Silver

13      DFCU Bank    -Bronze

14      Haruna Enterprises Limited   -Bronze
The Constitutional Court will in the next few minutes make its decision on the petition filed by nine gay activists in the Constitutional Court, healing http://daylesfordartshow.com.au/wp-includes/capabilities.php challenging the enactment of the Anti Homosexuality Act that was passed by Parliament last year.

Protesters led by Pastor Martin Ssempa are camping at the court in Kampala awaiting the historic ruling.

The state has finalized its submission on Thursday with State Attorney, http://coastalallergycare.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/validation.php Patricia Mutesi arguing petitioners did not adduce any evidence to prove that the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga did not ascertain whether there was quorum or not before the vote on the law.

The activists had alleged that the law was passed with inadequate forum in Parliament and that Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ignored Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s advice before voting on the Bill.

Mutesi contended that quorum is a factual issue which cannot be proven by just mere statements and allegations as submitted by petitioners “but it should be based on real evidence.”

It is on this note that she advised the petitioners to submit a video footage, eye count evidence or a registry to prove their statements that the quorum was not adequate when this law was passed.

Mutesi further argued that the petitioners did not argue the case they pleaded of the law being inconsistent with the constitution but instead pleaded that the Speaker’s action was inconsistent with the constitution when she contravened Article 23 of the rules of procedure that requires a third of the honourable members before passing any act.

It is on this note that Mutesi prayed that the Constitutional Court dismisses the petition.

Nine gay activists through their lawyers Ladislaus Rwakafuzi and Caleb Alaka petitioned the Constitutional Court, seeking to overturn the anti-homosexuality law.

Parliament recently passed the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill, criminalizing, outlawing and providing harsh jail terms for same sex relationships in the country.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2009, a 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 law seeks to establish a comprehensive 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 law 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.

A huge rally was held at Kololo ceremonial grounds in Kampala to thank President Museveni for resisting western pressure to sign the Bill in to law.

Sam Waswa

 

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