The sponsor of Uganda's proposed extreme Anti Homosexuality Bill—which would include life imprisonment and/or death penalties and "aggravated homosexuality"—MP David Bahati is planning to attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. in February, reports Uganda's Sunday Monitor.
Mr Bahati, according to reports, may speak at the event where President Barack Obama – a gays-tolerant liberal president, is also expected to attend. The event is organised by The Fellowship- a conservative Christian organisation, which has deep political connections and counts several high-ranking conservative politicians in its membership. 'I intend to attend the prayer breakfast,' said Mr Bahati - himself a part organiser of the Ugandan equivalent of the national prayer breakfast. This week, citing international pressure, President Yoweri Museveni advised his party’s National Executive Committee, his cabinet and the NRM parliamentary caucus to 'go slow' on the Bill. Mr Bahati told Inside Politics he is set to meet a special cabinet session to discuss the Bill tomorrow. 'The nature of legislation is such that one cannot have a final version. There are bound to be amendments but the process will go on,' he said. The entire affair has given the Museveni administration its worst spate of bad publicity in recent times. Mr Museveni called it a foreign policy matter - elevating the Bill to the status of other concerns for the government like its engagement in the African Union and the United Nations Security Council.
The Fellowship is aka "The Family", the social conservative network of evangelicals and politicos.
Also scheduled to attend the National Prayer Breakfast: Uganda's Ethics and Integrity Minister James Nsaba Buturo, who previously suggested all gays and lesbians should be banished from that East African nation.
Every U.S. President since Eisenhower has attended and spoken at the breakfast.