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While the Marriage and Divorce Bill is facing its fiercest public attack since 2009 when it was first introduced in Parliament, the opposite has happened with the Anti-homosexuality Bill.

A snap survey by The Observer suggests that if their MPs' views are anything to go by, many Ugandans want the bill passed immediately. But many MPs prefer to discuss the bill behind closed doors for fear of retribution from Western interests. Americans and Europeans have condemned the bill which they say violates the rights of minorities.

Some 40 lawmakers we spoke to say their constituents are in full support of the draft law.

"People are saying we need to protect our culture. Homosexuality has not been approved amongst some of their [donor] states but they are imposing it on us," said Remigio Achia (Pian county, Nakapiripirit). We shall not accept this regardless of the implications."

Arinaitwe Rwakajara (Workers) says the bill should have been passed yesterday.

"We have even delayed to pass this law because some of these things have to be penalised if we are to protect our culture and religions," he said.

However, in Sembabule and some parts of Karamoja, voters have told their representatives not to even ask them about the bill.

"People have told me not to talk about homosexuality but just to make sure that in my actions I oppose the act," said Hanifa Kawooya (Sembabule Woman).

The lawmakers say they consulted voters at the same time as they gathered views on the controversial Marriage and Divorce bill.

Closed session

However, The Observer understands that some lawmakers have toyed with the idea of lobbying Speaker Rebecca Kadaga for a closed-door session when debate on the bill starts. National Youth MP, Monica Amoding, told The Observer that some MPs on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee proposed the move because of the sensitive nature of the bill.

"This subject is very sensitive and some of us fear that if it is discussed in public view, we will be persecuted for holding particular views," Amoding said. Not surprisingly, she refused to state whether she supports the bill.

Another MP, who requested anonymity, explained that supporting the bill publically could lead to being blacklisted. He cited David Bahati, the main promoter of the bill, saying the MP has been ostracised by some elements in the West because of his views.

"We have some projects that are funded by donors and at the same time we don't want to be misunderstood by voters. So, it is better to remain silent to avoid being blacklisted," he said.

Surveyed MPs who back the bill

Yahaya Gudoi (Bungokho North,NRM)
Isabirye Idi (Bunya South,NRM)
Lyndah Timbigamba (Kyenjojo Woman, NRM)
Jovah Kamateka (Mitooma Woman,NRM)
Cyrus Amodoi (Toroma, Indep)
Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga West, NRM)
Chris Baryomusi (Kinkizi East, NRM),
Arinaitwe Rwakajara (Workers, NRM)
Hellen Asamo (PWD Eastern, NRM)
Martin Drito (Madi Okollo, NRM)
Amos Mandera ( Kooki, NRM)
George Ekuma (Bukedea, NRM)
Rose Akol (Bukedea Woman, NRM),
Michael Ayepa (Labwor, NRM),
Remigio Achia (Pian, NRM)
Elizabeth Karungi (Kalungu, NRM),
Hatwib Katoto (Katerera, NRM)
Hanifah Kawooya (Sembabule Woman, NRM)
Twa Twa Mutwalante (Iki Iki,NRM)
Geofrey Ekanya (Tororo,FDC)
Olivia Kabala Kwagala (Iganga, NRM)
Benard Atiku (Ayivu,FDC)
Bakaluba Mukasa (Mukono North, NRM)
Stephen Birahwa (Buliisa, NRM)
James Kakooza (Kabula, NRM)
Kaps Fungaroo (Ubongi, FDC)
Tophace Kaahwa (Hoima Woman, NRM)
Mary Turyahikayo (Rubabo, NRM)
Abdu Katuntu (Bugweri, FDC)
Mathias Mpuuga (Masaka Municipality, Indep)
Joseph Ssewungu (Kalungu West, DP)
Vincent Ssempija (Kalungu East, Indep)
Mariam Nalubega (Butambala Woman, Indep)
Muwanga Kivumbi (Butambala, DP)
Jesca Ababiku (Adjumani Woman, Indep).

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Comments

 
-2 #1 Betty Long Cap 2013-03-31 23:43
Every country has the right to revoke citizenship. If sodomy is a punishable crime and contrary to the mores of Ugandan society, anyone convicted of sodomy should leave the country.

No executions, no imprisonment, JUST LEAVE.
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+2 #2 Kiggundu 2013-04-01 09:42
@ Betty Long Cap, I find your views very disgusting for a person who i believe has traveled. Why do you hate Gay people? Has God personally given you the utmost power to cleanse society of gays?

I must remind you Hitler's Nazis in a bid to create a super Germany society exterminated anything that was deemed different from the Germany society... Jews, Homosexuals, dwarfs,blacks were all killed using different measures and in large numbers.

I bet if you had the powers you would do the same, starting with gays in Uganda and on to people with learning disabilities , etc.
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0 #3 Karasa 2013-04-02 04:45
Quoting Betty Long Cap:
Every country has the right to revoke citizenship. If sodomy is a punishable crime and contrary to the mores of Ugandan society, anyone convicted of sodomy should leave the country.

No executions, no imprisonment, JUST LEAVE.

You are wrong, no country has the "right" under International Law to arbitrarily revoke citizenship.
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+1 #4 peter 2013-04-02 09:32
BETTY count me behind u
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+1 #5 wadada 2013-04-02 11:05
Many of my people in Uganda are myopic and need serious prayers. The Anti-homosexuality Bill was introduced to deal with what religion has failed to handle.

Many of these MPs prefer to discuss the bill behind closed doors for fear of retribution from Western interests either because they have been paid to shut up or they are gay.

There is a plan by the gay activists world wide to inject money in failing MPs who will come out openly to pass the bill. Watch this space and the names listed in this article, many of them are not coming back to Parliament.
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-1 #6 Betty Long Cap 2013-04-02 11:21
Quoting Karasa:
You are wrong, no country has the "right" under International Law to arbitrarily revoke citizenship.


Karasa, who said arbitrarily? A country has the right and obligation to set the moral tone of society. Citizenship is a privilege. If a person chooses a lifestyle contrary to the moral code of a country, time to leave.

Homosexual promiscuity is a choice not a birthright. If gays wants to live a filthy lifestyle, join those who share their dis-orientation in morally corrupted countries. They will be all too willing to grant asylum.
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-1 #7 Betty Long Cap 2013-04-02 11:36
Quoting Kiggundu:
I bet if you had the powers you would do the same, starting with gays in Uganda and on to people with learning disabilities , etc.


False charges, Kiggundu. Deportation to a country willing to granting asylum is not extermination. How many Ugandan gays would welcome living in San Francisco, Toronto, New York City instead of Kampala where they are rejected for their immoral lifestyle?

I offer an alternative to imprisonment and execution. What do you offer, Kiggundu, except pressure to accept what God condemns?

I see the moral corruption of America and God's judgment on the economy and environment. If Uganda does not deal with moral and political corruption, it too will slide into ruin. You are half-way there now.
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0 #8 Betty Long Cap 2013-04-02 11:39
Thank you, Peter. Only a bondservant can understand and accept what Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans in chapter two. The sodomites have been turned over to reprobate minds.

We are people of the Book.
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0 #9 Betty Long Cap 2013-04-02 11:54
Quoting wadada:
The Anti-homosexuality Bill was introduced to deal with what religion has failed to handle.


wadada, never bet against God; He has the last word. The wages of sin is death. God does not need vigilantes to execute judgment on sodomites. Those who prefer darkness are already condemned to damnation.

Sodomites should pack up their bags and JUST LEAVE.
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+1 #10 Kiggundu 2013-04-02 12:09
@ Betty, stop deluding yourself? getting ride of gays wont make Uganda a better place or society so to say. And for Ugandans remember this quote by Martin Niemoller...

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.
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0 #11 Moses Walusimbi Da N 2013-04-02 13:38
I hate it when somebody brings in the bible stories here here written moreover by GAY men of the past decades this thing is much more transformed than Binble stories you are addicted to.

AND no one has a right over another @BETTY you will someday lot in hell if you dont change and accept every person God created in his way.HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TOLD THAT GAY PEOPLE GO TO HEAVEN???
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0 #12 CC 2013-04-02 18:13
Betty Long cap, your ignorance and bigotry are appalling and you should be ashamed to call yourself a good Christian. Christ weeps at your hatred.
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0 #13 Betty Long Cap 2013-04-02 20:39
Quoting Moses Walusimbi Da N:
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TOLD THAT GAY PEOPLE GO TO HEAVEN???


NEVER! without holiness no man shall see God.

Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?

Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:8-10
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