Reports say Ugandan parliament will return to anti-gay bill next week

David Bahati, MP

The Ugandan website ugpulse reports that the controversial Anti Homosexuality bill is one of several bills that Members of Parliament on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee are set to debate when the House resumes business next week.

Another report, from the government-owned New Vision, also said the bill would be debated next week.

Speaking to the media at Parliament, the committee chairman, Stephen Tashobya said though the bill has created both local and international concern, it is up to Parliament to pass the bill. Tashobya says the committee will hold public hearings where stakeholders’ views will be heard and a report made to the House for debate and possible passing before the 8th Parliament ends in May.

Ndorwa West MP and mover of the bill, David Bahati welcomed the development and said he would continue to lobby Ugandans to support the bill, whose intention is to protect the Ugandan traditional family and children.

There have been conflicting reports about the bill’s status, with some media outlets suggesting it had been shelved. However, David Bahati, the MP who tabled it in 2009, has been adamant that parliament will debate it and said he would continue to lobby Ugandans to support it.

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