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The most significant of the institution’s functions, is to pass laws which will provide good governance in the country. The government ministers are bound to answer to the people’s representatives on the floor of the house.Through the various parliamentary committees, parliament scrutinizes government programs, particularly as outlined in the State of the Nation Address by the President. The fiscal issues of the government, such as, taxation and loans need the sanction of the parliament, after appropriate debate.
The Ugandan Parliament comprises 215 Constituency Representatives, 79 District Woman Representatives, 10 Uganda People’s Defense Forces Representatives, 5 Representatives of the Youth, 5 Representatives of Persons with Disabilities, 5 Representatives of Workers, and 13 ex officio Members. After the 2005 Referendum, the composition of parliament has changed.
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KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a controversial anti-homosexuality bill, on Monday February 24, 2014, which Western countries have criticized and tried to stop from being signed into law, a Ugandan government spokesman said.
Homosexuality is taboo in African countries and illegal in 37.
Few Africans are openly gay, as they fear imprisonment, violence and loss of their jobs.“The president is signing the anti-homosexuality bill today at 11 (0800 GMT).
He wants to sign it with the full witness of the international media to demonstrate Uganda’s independence in the face of Western pressure and provocation,” Ugandan Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo told Reuters.
Museveni’s decision to sign the bill comes less than a week since he announced plans to put the bill on hold to give scientists a chance to prove that homosexuality could be triggered by genes and is not a “lifestyle choice”.
Museveni’s announcement to delay the bill was seen as an attempt to appease the major aid donor United States, coming only days after President Barack Obama warned that the bill would complicate U.S. relations with Uganda.
Uganda is a key Western ally in the fight against Islamic extremism in Somalia where Ugandan troops have formed the backbone of the African Union peacekeeping force battling al Qaeda-aligned militants.
Obama’s comment that the anti-gay bill is a “step backward for all Ugandans” has been disputed by Ugandan officials who say the United States is blackmailing the east African country which gets about $400 million annually in aid from Washington.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Signs Anti-Gay Bill Into Law
Video Summary/Published on Feb 24, 2014
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law the controversial bill that will see homosexuals jailed for life, despite international pressure, against it. The right-wing women’s group Concerned Women for America (CWFA) expressed outrage on Sunday that President Barack Obama condemned a Ugandan anti-LGBT bill.
Activists say Uganda’s stance on gay rights is at a turning point but that the fight is not yet over.
President Barack Obama has warned the Ugandan government that it will not be business as usual should president Yoweri Museveni criminalize homosexuality. The United States has cautioned Uganda not to enact the anti same sex Bill. President Obama says if signed into law, the Bill would complicate the relationship between the two countries. Kenyan MPs voice their support for a move by President Yoweri Museveni to sign the Anti homosexuality bill into law.
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