President Museveni accuses the Western countries of imposing their social values on the African society through â€œsocial imperialism.â€ And the President says this is one of the reasons he signed the now controversial Anti-Homosexuality Act after five years of intense debate over the law. At exactly 1:55pm on Monday, President Museveni walked into the packed conference room at State House Entebbe and assented to the bill.
According to him all the Western countries are doing is imposing their social values on the African society through social imperialism.
And the President says this is one of the reasons he signed the now controversial Anti-Homosexuality Act after five years of intense debate over the law. At exactly 1:55pm on Monday, President Museveni walked into the packed conference room at State House Entebbe full of local and foreign journalists.
He then took his seat at the front facing the eager crowd of journalists, scientists, Members of Parliament and officials from the Ministry of Health led by the Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda. The President then announced that he would make a statement after signing the Anti- Homosexuality Bill into law.
Without wasting time he took a swipe at the Western world for what he called carless handling of issues concerning Africa. President Museveni said the topic of homosexuality was provoked by what he called arrogant and careless Western groups that are fond of coming into schools and recruiting young children into homosexuality and lesbianism.
He wondered how a man would be attracted to a fellow man and concluded that some people become homosexuals because of economic hardships. He said 39% of homosexuals became homosexuals because of nature while nurture contributed 66 percent which is more significant in someone becoming a homosexual.
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Museveni said the scientists played a big role in changing his mind to agree to finally sign the Bill into law.
The President stated that Western countries are not polite and if Africans keep quiet it’s because of their culture. He warned Ugandans against what he called western practices such as oral sex which he said is unhealthy and not pleasurable and they should stick to the traditional sex styles. He cited mouth gonorrhea and worms that people who engage in oral sex could acquire because of what he called “going to the wrong address.”
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He called on the Ministry of Gender and youth to sensitise the youth about the healthy lifestyles that are abundant in Ugandan cultures. He rejected the notion that one can be a homosexual by choice and that a man can choose to love a fellow man. He asserted that homosexuals have lost the argument in Uganda especially now that scientists have explained that there are no people born homosexuals.
President Museveni acknowledged the fact that, countries such as the United States provide Uganda with aid of up to 450 million US Dollars for HIV annually. According to President Museveni, most of the money goes to NGOs that just eat it and that the country can do without it.
Ndorwa west MP David Bahati, who tabled the bill in Parliament in 2009, described the presidential assent as a victory for Uganda and its heterosexual families.
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Butambala Woman MP Mariam Nalubega was too excited and said she was worried about what she would explain to her constituents had the President declined to ascent to the Bill.
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The Anti-Homosexuality Act provides for 14 years imprisonment for first offenders and a life sentence for repeated offenders and aggravated homosexuality.