Retired Ugandan bishop calls for passing of anti-gay Bill

The Uganda Monitor reports that Bishop Emeritus for the diocese of Bukedi, the Rt Revd Nicodemus Okile, who retired last year after 28 years of ministry, has asked Parliament to expedite the passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill to regulate the growing practice of homosexuality in the country.

The bishop chose to make his remarks when he was speaking last Friday at St Stephen’s church in Kumi District at the burial of the Rt Revd Geresom Ilukor, bishop emeritus of the Anglican Diocese of Soroti.

He accused Members of Parliament of debating issues of less serious consequence at the expense of matters with moral implications for all citizens. “The issue of homosexuality has been shelved. Members of Parliament should learn to deal with one issue at a time instead of haphazardly debating on matters,” Bishop Okile said. He called upon legislators to expedite formulation of the law to curb spread of gay influence among the youth. “What about the Bill on homosexuality. Why has it gone silent?” Bishop Okile asked.

The article in the monitor then continues with details of the funeral. Bishop Ilukor was bitten by a snake at his home in Kidongole, Bukedea last Friday evening. He was taken to Mbale Referral Hospital for treatment, where he was pronounced dead last Sunday morning. The bishop was variously described as a peace maker, an educationist and a patriot. He was hailed for championing development in Teso region, restoration of peace and unity.

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