Uganda Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has stated that the nation’s Kill The Gays bill will be passed by the end of 2012 even though many nations in the world have warned the African nation that they are planning on cutting aid to the nation should the bill passed. Kadaga claimed that Ugandans are demanding it noting that there have been demonstrations demanding the passage of the law.
Kadaga and other Ugandan politicians have been meeting with anti-gay activists, many of whom have gotten inspiration from American anti-gay activists. Homophobic activists said in a petition presented to Kadaga that “Speaker, we cannot sit back while such (a) destructive phenomenon is taking place in our nation. We therefore, as responsible citizens, feel duty-bound to bring this matter to your attention as the leader of Parliament … so that lawmakers can do something to quickly address the deteriorating situation in our nation.”
Kadaga stated “Who are we not to do what they have told us? These people should not be begging us.”
Uganda’s criminal code already bans homosexuality, but a push started back in 2009 would put lesbians and gays into jail for life, or even have them executed. Ugandan politicians lead by David Bahati have used claims of children being converted or recruited into homosexuality by wealthy Westeners to scare the population even though to date there is no evidence of any of this occurring.
Bahati and Kadaga are backed by many of Uganda’s religious leaders including the Catholic Church.
Prominent Ugandan gay activist Pepe Julian Onziema said that the new push to pass the law was frustrating and that “It’s disappointing, but we are also going to seek a meeting with the speaker.” It is unlikely that Kadaga will ever meet with LGBT activists.