Kampala - A Ugandan parliamentary panel said on Friday there is little backing for the country's widely-condemned anti-gay bill and no timetable had been set for its debate.
"I think it is useless and will not achieve what it intends to achieve," said Alex Ndeezi, a member of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee tasked with reviewing the bill before it can be presented to the house.
The panel's chairman Stephen Tashyoba said the draft law was not a priority.
"As far as I am concerned, we really have more urgent matters to discuss like electoral reforms, which are already behind schedule," he said.
Very sad. Very sad indeed. But, they were just having fun? the students. Or, they were doing a Christian thing opposing homosexuality?
Sometimes it is sad to say what is or is not happening.
The South African President, Zuma, has sent an ally of his who is a confirmed homophobe to Uganda as ambassador. High Commissioner, the term is. How sensitive of big brother South Africa!
SOUTH AFRICA – 09 April 2010: Jon Qwelane's appointment as the new High Commissioner in Uganda has been confirmed, leaving much speculation about the hate speech case brought against him by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) last year.
Johannes van Niekerk, Counselor of the South African High Commission in Uganda confirmed his appointment while the Ugandan embassy stated "We can confirm that there is a new high commissioner but we are not sure on the name."
Van Niekerk added, "We are still waiting for him to hand over his credentials to Mr Museveni, he should assume duties in a month or so.
'Call me, names but gay is not okay," where he boldly expressed sheer hatred of gay people saying they are "degradation of values and traditions", also associating homosexuality to bestiality,
The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) strongly condemns the Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently before the Ugandan Parliament and firmly rejects the position taken by the National Association of Social Workers of Uganda (NASWU) to support the bill.
CASW condemns any move that perpetuates and advances positions on homosexuality that run contrary to the principles and values of the social work profession and international conventions and treaties. Specifically, social workers do not tolerate discrimination based on age, abilities, ethnic background, gender, language, marital status, national ancestry, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.
"CASW cannot go far enough in condemning these actions," said CASW President Darlene MacDonald. "Upholding basic human rights is not an option for social workers, but rather an ethical responsibility. The CASW Code of Ethics commits social workers to upholding human rights as enshrined in Canadian law as well as to international conventions on human rights created or supported by the United Nations."