Ugandan anti homosexuality bill: Legal committee endorses bill

The Legal and Parliamentary committee has today endorsed a report prescribing life imprisonment to the offence of aggravated homosexuality in the controversial bill. An MTV Uganda television report has interviews. The controversial Anti homosexuality bill 2009 was introduced by Ndorwa East Mp David Bahati as a private members bill. The committee chaired by Kajara county MP […]

Ugandan Parliament Speaker Kadaga wants anti-gay Bill tabled

Ms Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament has directed the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to present the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2011 on the floor of Parliament. The committee chairperson, Mr Stephen Tashobya, passed on her directive to committee members yesterday as he summoned them to attend next week’s session in person “to have […]

Statement presented to Speaker of Ugandan Parliament by Coalition of religious leaders

On her blog Oblogdeeoblogda, Melanie Nathan has given the names of some of those who attended the Public Meeting with Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alitwala Rebecca Kadaga at the CHOGM Gardens next to the Parliament of Uganda on November 9, 2012 and has given the text of the statement by the Coalition of Religious […]

Speaker of Uganda parliament wants to pass anti-gay law as “Christmas gift”

Rebecca Kadaga, Uganda’s parliamentary speaker said at a meeting on Tuesday that she wants to pass as a “Christmas gift” for Ugandans the anti-homosexuality bill introduced by David Bahati in October 2009. It is at present before a parliamentary committee. Homosexual acts, or “carnal knowledge against the order of nature”, are already illegal under the […]

Uganda Bishops want shelved anti-gay Bill dusted

Top religious leaders from across the country have asked Parliament to speed-up the process of enacting the Anti-Homosexuality law to prevent what they called “an attack on the Bible and the institution of marriage”. Speaking after their recent annual conference organised by the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), an ecumenical body which brings together the […]

Anti-gay forces sabotaging Uganda’s fight against HIV/AIDS

Kikonyogo Kivumbi is Behind the Mask’s Arcus Correspondent in Kampala and a Human Rights Defender. Uganda is stuck at 6.4per cent HIV/Aids prevalence, with new figures released this week showing an increment in infections. The new Uganda Aids Indicator Survey conducted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) reveals not only has the HIV prevalence rate […]

Uganda’s gays see public opinion gains

Four years ago Frank Mugisha begged his colleagues to join him for his first demonstration in support of gay rights in Uganda. Only four came along. This week, during a march against gender-based violence led by the gay advocacy group Sexual Minorities Uganda, the Ugandan activist saw more than 30 colleagues walk the streets of […]

Revd Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude England, to visit Kenya and Uganda

A week from today I will be arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, to begin a three week visit to the Revd Michael Kimindu, leader of Other Sheep East Africa and Changing Attitude’s network person in Kenya and to Frank Mugisha in Uganda. Michael is organising the programme for my visit. It includes meeting […]

President Museveni claims on BBC TV that Ugandan gays are not persecuted

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni told the BBC on Wednesday that he did not support the persecution of homosexuals despite the reintroduction of a draconian anti gay-bill in parliament last week. According to reports by the French News Agency (AFP) monitored in Kampala, the president told BBC’s Hard Talk programme that he did not consider homosexuality […]

Ugandan Ethics Minister shuts down gay rights conference

There was drama at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe today when State Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo broke up a secret gay rights activists conference. The two week conference organised by Freedom and Roam Uganda, an association that lobbies for the recognition of same sex relationships in Uganda ended prematurely when the […]