However, the mayor said that during the stakeholders’ consultative and legislation process, they discovered that the contents and citations of the HIV/TB services accessibility bill provided grounds for transgender and homosexual practices and subsequently the content and citation were removed from the bill.
The Kasese municiplaity mayor says they rejected teh bill right at its initiation
The Kasese Municipality Mayor Chance Kahindo has disregarded
information circulating on social media that his council passed a bylaw recognising homosexuals and transgender people as minority groups.
municipal council early last year was engaged by a Human Rights Awareness Promotion Forum-HRAPF, an NGO promoting human rights for key populations that
would result in the bylaws on access to HIV/TB services in the municipality.
But on Wednesday, the speaker of parliament Thomas Tayebwa
told parliament that he had received news that the Kasese municipal council
made attempts to pass a by-law that recognizes homosexuals and transgender
people as minorities.
However, the mayor said that during
the stakeholders’ consultative and legislation process, they discovered that
the contents and citations of the HIV/TB services accessibility
bill provided grounds for transgender and
homosexual practices and subsequently the content and citation were removed
from the bill.
The mayor added that the bill has never been approved by the Kasese Municipal Council nor has it been
forwarded to the Solicitor General. He adds that the content circulating on social media is
from the 2022 proposed bill that was overwhelmingly rejected and does not form
part of Kasese Municipal council'S legislation content.
council disassociates herself from the social media content circulating and
under all obligations defend and protect the constitution of the republic of
Uganda…” KahindO said in his communication.
Kahindo also noted that the municipal council
continues to work with all those mandated institutions, agencies, interest
groups, and religious and development bodies in the fight against homosexuality and
Jolly Biira, the secretary for social services had
earlier communicated that her committee made recommendations including the removal
of two categories; homosexual and transgender from the proposed bill because
they conflict with the national constitution.
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Before joining URN, he had served as Documentation personnel, Field news reporter, Radio presenter and News Editor.
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