After a week of high tension and relentless opposition, the Ugandan Parliament adjourned on its final day of the 8th Parliament without completing the business on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
The Bill which has been in the Parliament since October 2009 is proving to be a make or mar affair for the country. With the rejection resounding from across the world, including the United Nation, the Ugandan Parliament would be very foolish to call its bidding on this issue.
Nowhere in the 21st century would any sensible person be making laws that looks like from the stone ages. No one, should be taking their own country backwards by imposing punishment on the sanctity and thoughts of free citizens like slaves. Slavery was abolished over 200 years ago.
In the Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgendered (LGBT) communities across the world, a little sigh of relief is heard as this evil game is stalled. But within the community, we know too well that victory is still far.
According to Hon. Daudi Migereko, the Government Chief Whip, the Parliament has “left a lot of pending business” and he “hope those who come in the ninth parliament will have enough capacity to finish all business tabled in the house.” He and others suggested that “the next Parliament should prioritise business that was left pending by the Eighth Parliament”.
Going by the above then, it is apparent that these dictators would return with their threat of a Bill to continue to torture the LGBT community in Uganda. But the truth is, it would affect us all, whether in Uganda or outside of it.
The Parliament returns to business in less than a week on the 18 May 2011 with new members starting to take oath of office 2 days before. So a week is a short time to rest and the opponents will return happy to continue their threat to the LGBT people of Uganda.
So lets not rest our weapons or be deceived because the battle have just began.