BREAKING: President of Uganda signs Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law

Published 6 years ago by: Afolayon Masofunmomi
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at 24-02-2014 01:34PM (6 years ago)

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It's my job to keep you updated, so here's what's up at the moment, dearies - Uganda's President Museveni has signed the country's anti-gay bill into law, despite warnings from US President Barack Obama that it would “complicate our valued relationship” and will mark a “step backward” for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on the country’s commitment to protect the human rights of its people.”

The bill states that first-time offenders will be sentenced to 14 years in jail. Then life imprisonment for repeat
offenders, as well as acts involving a minor, a disabled person or where one partner is infected with HIV.
The bill originally proposed the death penalty for some homosexual acts, but that was later removed amid international criticism.

In December last year, Uganda’s Parliament passed  the bill but President Yoweri Museveni said he would only sign the bill into law if he had proof that gay people are ‘made’ and ‘not born’ into their sexuality. And last week he changed his stand, saying a team of Ugandan scientists had reported that there is no evidence that homosexuality is caused by genetics.

However, over the weekend in South Africa, former archbishop Desmond Tutu had criticised President Museveni for supporting the bill, describing it as “evil”.

The President signing the law

I have seen the statement H.E President Obama of the USA made in reaction to my statement that I was going to sign the anti-homosexual Bill, which I made at Kyankwanzi.

Before I react to H.E. Obama’s statement, let me, again, put on record my views on the issue of homo-sexuals (ebitiingwa, bisiyaga in some of our dialects).

Right from the beginning of this debate, my views were as follows:

1. I agreed with the MPs and almost all Ugandans that promotion of homosexuality in Uganda must be criminalized or rather should continue to be criminalized because the British had already done that;

2. those who agreed to become homosexuals for mercenary reasons (prostitutes) should be harshly punished as should those who paid them to be homosexual prostitutes; and

3. exhibitionism of homosexual behavior must be punished because, in this part of the World, it is forbidden to publicly exhibit any sexual conduct (kissing, etc) even for heterosexuals; if I kissed my wife of 41 years in public, I would lose elections in Uganda.

The only point I disagreed on with some of the Members of Parliament (MPs) and other Ugandans was on the persons I thought were born homosexual. According to the casual observations, there are rare deviations in nature from the normal. You witness cases like albinos (nyamagoye), barren women or men (enguumba), epa (Bosom less women) etc. I, therefore, thought that similarly there were people that were born with the disorientation of being attracted to the same sex. That is why I thought that that it was wrong to punish somebody on account of being born abnormal. That is why I refused to sign the Bill and, instead, referred it to our Party (the NRM) to debate it again. In the meantime, I sought for scientific opinions on this matter.

I am grateful to Ms. Kerry Kennedy of the USA who sent me opinions by scientists from the USA saying that there could be some indications that homosexuality could be congenital. In our conference, I put these opinions to our scientists from the Department of Genetics, the School of Medicine and the Ministry of Health. Their unanimous conclusion was that homosexuality, contrary to my earlier thinking, was behavioural and not genetic. It was learnt and could be unlearnt. I told them to put their signatures to that conclusion which they did. That is why I declared my intention to sign the Bill, which I will do. I have now received their signed document, which says there is no single gene that has been traced to cause homosexuality. What I want them to clarify is whether a combination of genes can cause anybody to be homosexual. Then my task will be finished and I will sign the Bill.

After my statement to that effect which was quoted widely around the World, I got reactions from some friends from outside Africa. Statements like: “it is a matter of choice” or “whom they love” which President Obama repeated in his statement would be most furiously rejected by almost the entirety of our people. It cannot be a matter of choice for a man to behave like a woman or vice-versa. The argument I had pushed was that there could be people who are born like that or “who they are”, according to President Obama’s statement.

I, therefore, encourage the US government to help us by working with our Scientists to study whether, indeed, there are people who are born homosexual. When that is proved, we can review this legislation. I would be among those who will spearhead that effort. That is why I had refused to sign the Bill until my premise was knocked down by the position of our Scientists.

I would like to discourage the USA government from taking the line that passing this law will “complicate our valued relationship” with the USA as President Obama said. Countries and Societies should relate with each other on the basis of mutual respect and independence in decision making.

“Valued relationship” cannot be sustainably maintained by one Society being subservient to another society. There are a myriad acts the societies in the West do that we frown on or even detest. We, however, never comment on those acts or make them preconditions for working with the West. Africans do not seek to impose their views on anybody. We do not want anybody to impose their views on us. This very debate was provoked by Western groups who come to our schools and try to recruit children into homosexuality. It is better to limit the damage rather than exacerbate it.

I thank everybody.
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freefantasy at 24-02-2014 01:50PM (6 years ago)
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good job man, capital WELDONE
thomzolar at 24-02-2014 02:38PM (6 years ago)
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Noble12 at 24-02-2014 02:39PM (6 years ago)
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Nice move.
gmarley at 24-02-2014 02:58PM (6 years ago)
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well done mr presido
wisewisdom at 24-02-2014 03:01PM (6 years ago)
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long life mr presdoooo
Topsylucas at 24-02-2014 03:06PM (6 years ago)
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I love u Mr president.Ure such a wise & educatd man 2 hv done a thorough research b4 signin d bill.God bles u & let barack rubbish obama go 2 hell wher he truly belong
softhils at 24-02-2014 03:13PM (6 years ago)
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DJSNIPPER at 24-02-2014 03:22PM (6 years ago)
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good move mr presdo
Aniagain at 24-02-2014 04:07PM (6 years ago)
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Well done job, so shall it be

dareper at 24-02-2014 05:00PM (6 years ago)
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Thank u my man
Phemland at 24-02-2014 05:29PM (6 years ago)
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That's what I called a qualified presido...... Sum1 who knws wat hez doinq. Our own Jona no even investiqate anyfin  Grin infact wey d scientist wey wan do am 4 Naija self. Damn Stupid Moron Obama should not impose their stupidity on us
biggysmalldehar at 24-02-2014 05:37PM (6 years ago)
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God bless you Mr.Moseveni
okilo101 at 24-02-2014 05:59PM (6 years ago)
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Salute!!!21 gun shots 4 ya
chylind5 at 24-02-2014 06:28PM (6 years ago)
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Am proud to be an African.
cocoeni at 24-02-2014 07:42PM (6 years ago)
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Good man God bless him.
blensey at 24-02-2014 08:07PM (6 years ago)
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well done mr president
osamabinladin at 24-02-2014 08:24PM (6 years ago)
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blessland at 24-02-2014 08:24PM (6 years ago)
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God will bless you mr President.
winace at 24-02-2014 08:43PM (6 years ago)
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Don't bother urself asking those yeye USA pple or scientist. There's nothg genetic abt homo. Well done for signing d law.
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