Tuesday January 12 2010

Government to decide on Anti-Gay Bill

By Agencies


The Ugandan Government has not taken any position on the anti-gay bill, which is before parliament, President Yoweri Museveni has said.

President Museveni says that government will hold discussions with David Bahati, the Ndorwa West Member of parliament who tabled the bill which has been labled harsh to reach an agreed position.

The president made the revelation today while opening the National Executive Conference of the ruling National Resistance Movement at State House Entebbe.

Mr Museveni told the delegates that despite the fact that Uganda, has to protect its values and cultures, there is need to exercise extreme caution on the anti-gay bill.

He said that the anti-gay bill is already impacting negatively on Uganda’s foreign policy.

Museveni said that several world leaders including Hillary Clinton, the US state secretary have been calling him over the bill which has also received worldwide criticism.

Mr Bahati catapulted to world fame when he presented the anti-gay bill that has generated a lot of criticism from the Western world.

The Bill proposes a death penalty or life sentence for gays.

It also proposes a seven year jail term for relatives of people engaged in same sex practices who don’t report them to authorities.

However, since the bill was tabled before parliament several people including some church leaders have called for the scrapping of the death penalty.