Melanie Nathan , May 11, 2011
UPDATED 5/11/11 2.14 PM PST Well known Ugandan LGBT posted on her Facebook page that: “The Bill kept being raised but because of time it wasnt discussed. However after all the reactions that came from MPs it has strong support.On our way out the Government whip together with another MP Odong Otto told security that we shouldnt be allowed back in parliament and that we should all go to the West.”
“Those statements mean that should the Bill be discussed on Friday which is the next date agreed by the house its very possible it will sail through. Today a Bill was discussed for the 2nd and 3rd reading and voting within 20mins,it didnt pass because of lack of quorum so meaning should the AHB reach the floor it will pass because it has alot of support.”
“We need a HUGE miracle.”
+ I’m hoping to see allout release the pictures from the petition delivery. Cannot believe they made 450k.
Melanie Nathan UPDATED: 5/11/11 9.43 AM PST - I have received word from a source in Uganda’s Parliament that although the Bill is on the agenda for Friday, tomorrow being a national holiday for the swearing in of President Museveni, they assert that there is a very strong chance the Bill will not make it to the floor and that Parliament will be prorogued before it can be debated and voted upon. The source, stated that Cabinet members and government have been overwhelmed with e-mails, statements and complaints from all around the world. The source believes this may well factor into preference given to other Bills in the last moments of this Parliamentary Session. The source went further to state that it was made as a commitment to him from the speaker that “there would not be time” to hear it. He did not necessarily trust the commitment.
Lets not forget Bahati is in Parliament until 2016.
UPDATED: Apparently AP rushed to Press, and so Bill is not being dropped – AP report is an error. Throckmorten updates as follows:
“UPDATE: (12:10pm ET) – Helen Kawesa just told me that Parliament has adjourned but will reconvene on Friday to consider the remaining bills on the agenda. They will begin in the morning and work until all of the bills are considered. The intent is to address all bills. The AHB is the last one and is the most vulnerable but with an all day session, it is possible for it to get a third reading. According to Kawesa, Friday is absolutely the last day however as the new Parliament is sworn in on Monday.”
Associated Press is reporting that the Ugandan parliament is dropping the Anti-homosexuality Bill. In the meantime Warren Throckmorten a most reliable source who has been at the forefront of information out of Uganda over the past two years on this subject states:
Throckmorten UPDATE: 12:50pm Kampala, 5/11)The Anti Homosexuality Bill is NOT on Today’s Parliamentary agenda. I just spoke with Ranny Ismail, spokeswoman for Parliament, who told me that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is still in committee. The report on the bill is indeed complete but in their procedure, the bill is still considered in committee and is not on the agenda for business today. However, she said that Parliament could carry forward all unfinished business in all committees if a member makes a motion to do so and it passes. She says this has happened before. This information is in contrast to what committee chair Stephen Tashobya told me on several occasions, although I assume now that he was addressing the fate of the AHB specifically if a motion to continue is not made. Because she was unsure about the fate of such a motion, she said she would not know the final outcome until about 7pm in Kampala. Hopefully the AP hasn’t jumped the gun on this news before we’re out of the woods.
Although the outcry has been tremendous, and activists, State department, White House must have made an impact, this may well be a ploy and so we must all must remain on alert and continue to condemn the passage of the Bill, lest it still passes in some form or other before the close of Uganda;s 8th Parliamentary session. The safe date is May 18, 2011.
David Bahati, the Bill’s author, has reminded me that no matter what happens he is in office until 2016.
LISTEN TO OUR MAY 07, 2011 – Swirl Radio INTERVIEW WITH BAHATI – Michelle Meow and Melanie Nathan spoke to David Bahati on Swirl Radio, aired yesterday – and here the podcast can be found by clicking here: First the News, then Bahati- http://swirlradio.com/