MP Jovah Kamateeka award doctorate in London

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MP Kamateeka receiving her doctorate

Mitooma district Woman MP Hon. Jovah Kamateeka has been awarded with a Doctorate of Public Administration from the Commonwealth University Belize (London).

The institution said the award is in appreciation of her personality and her achievements at national and international level.

The University of Belize is an English-speaking multi-locational institute for higher education, and the national university of the Belize.

The institution offers certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, bachelor degrees, and a graduate degree.

The UB Central Campus is in Belmopan City.

Controversy

In November last year, Kamateeka kicked up a storm in UK when she met with then Prime Minister Theresa May.

She was addressed as the “Ugandan MP who supports introducing anti-homosexuality laws in her home country” and invited to speak at the House of Commons.

Kamateeka was hosted in the Commons by the Minister for Women and Equalities and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt and  welcomed by the Prime Minister at a Downing Street reception for the event.

She was among 120 female politicians from 86 countries who met in parliament to discuss the fight for women’s rights.

The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act was dubbed the “kills the gays bill” because its first draft advocated the death penalty for homosexuals.

It was internationally condemned but was passed in 2014 – with Kamateeka’s backing – and the punishment was reduced to life imprisonment.

That same year, Uganda’s constitutional court deemed the Act invalid on procedural grounds, but Kamateeka is one of many Ugandan MPs who want to bring it back into law by claiming that homosexuality is “un-African”.

In April this year, Kamateeka and numerous MPs gathered in parliament to pass a motion to applaud Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga for standing against LGBT rights.

Kamateeka said: “We should say no to bad practices and we should say no to practices and values that are not Ugandan and practices and values that are not African . . . We must be able to stand firm. That bill should come back and we pass it because we must stand firm for who we are.”

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