Uganda’s Parliamentary Process | How Easy to Pass The Anti-Homosexuality Bill

As of Dec 03, 2012, this is what is left of the process needed to pass The AHB

By Melanie Nathan, December 01, 2012.

Screen Shot 2012-12-01 at 12.04.57 PMThe Anti-Homosexuality Bill is first on the Order Papers in Uganda’s Parliament and could proceed as early as Monday December 03, 2012.  How long the Bill, otherwise known as The Kill the Gays Bill, will take to the point of passage depends on how long the debate will take, and the remaining process delineated below. Please note that the death penalty clause 3, cannot be removed by anyone other than Parliament and so it remains in the Bill until a new draft reflects otherwise. Any reports suggesting it has already been removed are erroneous.

The Ugandan Parliament can now easily pass the Anti-Homosexuality Bill and despite the many  petitions by members of the International community calling for President Yoweri Museveni to VETO the Bill, the Parliamentarians do not need the President’s signature to pass the Bill and nor is he legally able to veto what is known as a Private member’s Bill. The process below reflects  the extent of the Ugandan President’s involvement in the legal and Constitutional process of the Bill.

Here is the what is left of the process:-

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill is now out of THE LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE and its Report goes to Parliament for Plenary 2ND READING as follows:

1. Plenary: Mover moves and justifies motion for second Reading of the Bill
Committee chairperson presents report on the Bill (here will hear i the committee recommends removal of the Death penalty – it is not public before this time and then must still be debated)
Minority Report is presented  (if there is one)

2. MPs debate committee report on principles of the Bill
Parliament votes for second Reading of the Bill
Bill referred to the committee of the whole house

3. Committee of the Whole House (Committee of the whole house means a committee composed of the whole body MPs.]
Chaired by the speaker /deputy speaker (referred to as chairperson) sits in the chamber. Speakers leaves the chair, sits at the clerk’s Table
MPs approve clauses, and schedules (of ) the Bill.

4. Plenary
MP in charge of Bill asks plenary to resume
Reports outcome of committee of the whole house
Plenary votes for Third Reading of the Bill

5. Clerk’s office
Clerk’s office prepares copies for authentication and Assent of the president.
Copy sent to the president.

6. Presidents office
Constitution provides that the president shall within 30 days after a bill is presented to him either

a. Assent to the bill
President can assent to it as being an Act of parliament: if he chooses and then
As an Act of Parliament it becomes Law of Uganda and implementation starts on commencement date and the Law is published in government Gazette

b.  Instead of Assent President can send it back to Parliament:
Return the bill to parliament with a request that the bill or a particular provision
of it be reconsidered by parliament; or Notify the speaker in writing about the decision:-
The bill may be reconsidered and then presented again for the president’s approval.
President can Assent or send it back a second time.
After second time the Bill can come out of Parliament as an Act of Parliament without the President’s assent.
However it may become law without the President’s assent if he returns it to parliament twice.
IN SUCH A CASE IT MUST HAVE the support of at least two- thirds of all MPs. It is then Gazetted and Law.

CONTACT: Melanie Nathan
nathan@privatecourts.com
San Francisco based.

Photo: Kristina Lapinski Gay U.S.A. the Movie; Photo by Hannah Nathan.

PLEASE SUPPORT the  GetEQUAL Campaign and Petition that seeks to hold U.S. Evangelical Right Wing Responsible for Exporting Hate to Uganda, while showing American solidarity with the Ugandan LGBT community, “Uganda, ARREST ME TOO” Campaign http://getequal.org/uganda
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4 thoughts on “Uganda’s Parliamentary Process | How Easy to Pass The Anti-Homosexuality Bill

  1. For those who have no idea of what it’s to be part of LGBT COMMUNITY Please listen. It’s not a choice. It’s a way of being like any other. I cannot choose to become somebody else.

    Amen

    Luis Iglesias

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