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In Uganda, Parliament tied up with controversial oil bill, but "Kill The Gays" bill is next

KAMPALA, Uganda – Parliament remains up to its ears in debate over a controversial oil bill, meaning that the MPs have not yet turned their attention to the “Kill The Gays” bill that is ranked as the next priority.

Activists and concerned citizens say they are hoping that the session will run out on Dec. 14 without a vote on the draconian “Kill The Gays” bill, formally known as the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Parliament is meeting today in a special sitting to pay tribute to the late Atenyi Deo Zabasaija, former member of the National Resistance Council for Buhaguzi County, Hoima District.

On Thursday, Parliament will again take up the oil bill and other matters relating to energy. Parliament will be off Friday through Monday, unless the Speaker calls a special sitting.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa on Tuesday urged Parliament to drop the “Kill The Gays” bill.

"I am opposed to discrimination, that is unfair discrimination, and would that I could persuade legislators in Uganda to drop their draft legislation, because I think it is totally unjust," Tutu told reporters covering the All Africa Conference of Churches meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.

Tutu is a Nobel Laureate, one of the heroes of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement and now a leading straight ally of LGBT rights in Africa and across the world.

"My brothers and sisters, you stood with people who were oppressed because of their skin color. If you are going to be true to the Lord you worship, you are also going to be there for the people who are being oppressed for something they can do nothing about: their sexual orientation," he told reporters, stressing that people do not choose their sexual orientation.

In other news, activist group Sum of Us has a petition demanding that Pepsi oppose the "Kill The Gays" bill, and so far more than 100,000 people have signed it. To see a copy of the petition, click HERE.