Civil society asks Speaker to probe homosexuality in schools

Published: November 14, 2012

A coalition of civil society organizations and religious leaders has asked the Speaker of Parliament to institute a committee to investigate the extent of recruitment of children into homosexuality.

The coalition, which also included parents, students and ordinary citizens also appealed to the Speaker to “Urgently have Parliament debate and pass the Anti Homosexuality Bill without further delay.”

In a meeting held at Parliament Building, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, the coalition also asked the Speaker to maintain homosexual behavior as a crime in Uganda. The coalition of groups opposed to homosexuality said the Parliament committee should also investigate the impact of homosexuality in schools and institutions of higher learning.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, said she had heard the strong message from members of the coalition.

“We are energized by your support. I appeal to Members of Parliament to listen to the instructions of your people; they are asking for protection against homosexuality,” said Hon. Kadaga adding, “Let them not continue begging, it is now our responsibility (to act).”

She said Uganda is a democratic country and that she would not frustrate members’ rights from moving Private Members Bills.
On her return from Canada where she attended the 127th Inter Parliamentary Union Assembly Speaker Kadaga promised that Parliament will soon consider the Anti Homosexuality Bill.

The Anti Homosexuality Bill, a private Members draft law was moved by Hon. David Bahati during the Eighth Parliament. It seeks to establish a comprehensive legislation to protect the traditional family by prohibiting any form of sexual relations between people of the same sex; and the promotion or recognition of such sexual relations in public institutions as healthy, normal or an acceptable lifestyle, including in the public schools, through or with the support of any government entity in Uganda or any non- governmental organization inside or outside the country.

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