First came this report in the Daily Monitor, which I posted about here.
"The government's position is that the existing provisions in our penal code against homosexuality are strong enough and that this new bill is not necessary," Aston Kajara, the state minister for investments, told AFP.
Then comes this one.
"The penal code already sufficiently covers this issue," he added.
However, another top minister contested Kajara's comments .
Ethics Minister James Nsaba Buturo, a staunch supporter of the bill who has repeatedly stated that "homosexuals can forget about human rights," said Kajara could not speak on behalf of government. "I would be the right person to speak for government on this issue not Mr Kajara," Buturo told AFP.What the hell is happening? Minister for Investment, and Minister for Ethics and Integrity.... Who wins in this battle within the cabinet? Investments are going to suffer, because of this bill. But then, it touches the morality of the country. So, the Moral Minister weighs in.
Last month Buturo told reporters: "Nobody, nobody, nobody has the right to think for Ugandans. Nobody has the right to impose their values on a sovereign state."And, Buturo added in another
“The truth of the matter is that there is no way government can withdraw that bill,” Buturo said in a phone interview today. “The matter is beyond our hands and we can’t interfere with the work of parliament.”Ha ha ha ha!
Of course that is not true. Or, Buturo really wishes that it was true. Fortunately, Uganda is a paper democracy....! Otherwise I would be packing my clothes!
I bet this below was a reminder to the dear President....! Who will most likely look at it and frown, the Emperor's frown.
Buturo said today that any elected politician who opposed the legislation would lose their posts in next elections. A parliamentary and presidential vote is scheduled to take place in Uganda next year.
“Supporting the homosexuals is political suicide,” he said. “People can be given an opportunity to change to a better way of life. I am personally looking after some people who have reformed,” Buturo said, without elaborating.
Keep watching, keep praying!