Wednesday December 25 2013

Pastor Male makes U-turn on anti-gay bill

By Emmanuel Mulondo & Mercy Nalugo


Just days after Parliament passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, a cleric and leading critic of gay practices has said the President “should not sign the Bill into law.”
“It is unfortunate that our MPs seem not to be serious with what to do with their time. They gave Ugandans the impression that there was no law to deal with homosexuality which was not true.

Secondly the Bill they passed waters down the existing law and will simply give homosexuals opportunity to petition the constitutional court to strike it and other legal provisions out,” Pastor Solomon Male of the Arise for Christ Ministry told the Daily Monitor yesterday.

“His excellency shouldn’t bother assenting to it. They (MPs) have failed to deliver and instead opted for populism to cover up their failures,” the cleric asserted. Religious leaders from across the denominations have extolled the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and the House for passing the Bill.

Meanwhile, two MPs have asked President Museveni not to assent to the Bill. MP Sam Otada (Kibanda County), and Fox Odoi (West Budaama) say it is irrelevant.

The legislators during a press conference held at Parliament on Monday defended homosexuals and lesbians saying they should be left to practice the acts envisaged as immoral since they are also human beings . The MPs argued that homosexuality is a social problem that can only be solved by parents and the church and not the law.

The House passed the bill on Friday in a session Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi challenged as having lacked quorum.