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Museveni ‘not keen to rush anti-gay law’

Kampala -

A lawmaker with Uganda's ruling party says President Yoweri Museveni is urging parliamentarians not to rush to re-introduce a controversial anti-gay law that was invalidated earlier this month.

Ugandan men hold a rainbow flag saying "Join hands to end LGBTI (called Kuchu in Uganda) genocide" as they celebrate during the Gay Pride Parade in Entebbe. File photo: Isaac Kasamani. Credit: AFP

Medard Bitekyerezo, who supports the legislation, said on Tuesday that Museveni asked them “not to cause chaos” by quickly re-introducing the bill.

He said Museveni formed a committee, to be chaired by the vice-president, to look into the concerns of rights activists and report to him in a month.

The government-controlled New Vision newspaper reported on Tuesday that Museveni warned lawmakers that the bill could hurt the country's economic development.

The US and some European countries cut or redirected tens of millions of dollars in funding to Uganda's government over the anti-gay measure.

It was invalidated by a Ugandan court over procedural flaws. - Sapa-AP

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