NRM MPs Troubled by Caucus Resolution on Anti-Gay Law

Justine Lumumba, the government chief whip
Justine Lumumba, the government chief whip

A section of NRM Members of Parliament are determined to defy the NRM Parliamentary Caucus resolution of setting up a committee to harmonize controversial clauses in the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

The resolution was arrived at in a caucus meeting at state house, Entebbe on Monday. In the meeting, it was resolved that the Attorney General does not appeal the recent constitutional court ruling which annulled the law on procedural grounds.

The meeting also agreed that members halt the process to have the bill re-tabled before parliament. Instead, a nine member committee chaired by Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi would review the contentious issues mentioned in the petition in line with the Act that was quashed and harmonize it with related laws.

Government chief whip Justine Kasule Lumumba explains that it’s fruitless to rush into re-tabling the law without addressing the other grounds which the activists underscored in the petition.

However, a section of NRM MPs have come out to reject the caucus resolution saying that the proposed process is diversionary.

Agago County MP Okot John Amos explains that appending signature on a motion seeking immediate re-tabling of the bill was the right move to tackle the approach by the activists.

Bufumbira East MP Eddie Kwizera noted that President Museveni’s warning to the Caucus meeting that the Anti-Homosexuality Act is a snake in the cooking pot which must be handled carefully can be solved by “applying heat on the pot and the snake flees”.

He added that since the mistake was made by Parliament, it will be corrected by the same institution. “This is not the first time a law is being nullified, the Referendum law was nullified on the grounds of quorum and Parliament had to reconvene, because it is the same parliament that erred,” Kwizera noted.

Katerera County MP Hatwib Katoto noted that he is ready to vote on the bill even if other procedures are put in place. “So we appeal to MPs who are still dilly-dallying saying this that, it is not in any way natural“, Katoto stated.

By afternoon, 221 Members of Parliament had signed the document requesting the Speaker to recall Parliament, suspend the rules of Procedure and allow the re-tabling of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill and the MPs take a vote on it. They are expected to present their petition to the speaker today.

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