By Melanie Nathan, April 05, 2013.
We have been watching the progress of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill on this site.Previous updates can be seen at http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2013/02/19/ugandas-anti-homosexuality-bill-moves-up-to-1-on-parliaments-notice-of-business/
Since the end of March, Uganda’s Parliament had a short recess and returned to business on April 03. However something unusual seems to have occurred. The Parliament’s website has suddenly stopped posting its usual daily Order Paper, which outlines the Agenda for the day. The last Order Paper which was posted was on March 14 and it reflected the Anti-Homosexuality Bill at Number 3. However since then there have been two days of sessions, April 03, and 04, (it does not sit on a Friday) without any such Order Paper and so the public is in the dark and did not know in advance what was to be debated in Parliament on those days.
Parliament had been working on the controversial Marriage and Divorce Bill, where cultural conflict caused heightened emotions with the bill suspended as agreement could not be reached on the issue of outlawing marital rape and other matters surrounding divorce and cohabitation. See http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/641349-uganda-parliament-at-crossroads.html
Now wearing of miniskirts in Uganda could also soon land one in jail or attract heavy fines if Parliament approves a new piece of legislation that seeks to further clarify the offense of pornography in the country’s laws. The Ugandan government is riding on its view that pornography has become such an “insidious social problem” to get the Bill through Parliament. See http://www.africareview.com/News/Ugandan-government-tables-Bill-to-outlaw-miniskirts/-/979180/1739976/-/2irhiez/-/index.html
So what of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which calls for the death and life imprisonment of homosexuals in Uganda, as well as prison for anyone who fails to inform the police about a “known” homosexual within 24 hours? Well we do not know, other than rumors that perhaps it will be debated in Parliament surreptitiously and in secret.
These controversial bills may account for the agenda not being posted on the Parliament website. We will try to keep you updated.
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