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Ugandan President to meet with caucus to discuss invalidated anti-gay law

Joseph McCormick August 11, 2014

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is set today to meet with the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Parliamentary caucus today to discuss the recently nullified Anti-Homosexuality Act.

The country’s Constitutional Court struck down the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, finding that the speaker of Parliament acted illegally by moving ahead with a vote on the law despite at least three lawmakers objecting to a lack of quorum.

A group of Ugandan MPs are currently gathering signatures in order to force a vote on putting the law back in place urgently, despite regulations preventing them from doing so.

So far at least 207 MPs have signed the petition, and want the parliament’s procedures amended to allow the bill to pass at a short notice.

The caucus deputy chair David Bahati, said the meeting will take place at State House Entebbe.

He said: “The main agenda about today’s caucus meeting is the anti-homosexuality Act. The President will address us and thereafter we shall discuss this very important law.”

Last week, the country’s Attorney General appealed to the high court to have the act reinstated.

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

President Museveni signed the controversial bill into law in January. It further criminalised homosexuality, with prison sentences of over a decade for those found guilty.

More: Africa, David Bahati, Entebbe, Kampala, Uganda, Uganda, yoweri museveni

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