Cat logomenu

Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill Is a Smoke Screen

Remember the terrible bill that could imprison gays for life? The Daily Beast’s Jocelyn Edwards thinks it’s just a political gambit to distract from other, bigger issues:

The latest outburst of rhetoric over the bill, which lawmakers say no longer contains the death penalty but retains jail terms of up to life in prison, comes just as the government is under pressure on a number of fronts. In October, the news broke that \$15 million dollars earmarked for the recovery of parts of the country devastated by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army had ended up in the private bank accounts of officials in the prime minister’s office.

I’d be thrilled to learn that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has no plans whatsoever to sign the bill, but the fact that it actually could arrive on his desk through legitimate legislative process still means it has significant support from the population.