Ugandan Speaker: Re-introduction of anti-gay law will be ‘smooth’

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The Ugandan Speaker has claimed an attempt to re-enact the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act will have a ‘smooth’ progression.

Earlier this month, the country’s Constitutional Court struck down the Anti-Homosexuality Act, finding that speaker Rebecca Kadaga acted illegally by moving ahead with an initial vote on the law despite at least three lawmakers objecting to a lack of quorum.

However, after the law was struck down, a group of Ugandan MPs gathered signatures in order to force a vote on putting it back in place, despite regulations preventing them from doing so.

According to Redpepper, Kadaga today confirmed the petition has now gathered above the 207 signatures required to change regulations, and allow Parliament to re-pass the law.

She said: “Now that we have the 207 signatures, the rest is going to be smooth.”

David Bahati, who passed the original act, said: “We are going to show the whole world and Ugandans that MPs will be present to pass the Anti Homosexuality bill into law.

“The issue of the Anti-Homosexuality law is a politically charged matter, but it will be my mission to pass this law.”

Last week, a Pride parade took place on a beach in Entebbe, the first such event since the law was struck down.

Around two hundred people were expected to attend the pride event.

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