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Uganda’s president rebuffs U.S. criticism of anti-gay bill

Suggests U.S. work with Uganda scientists to study whether people "are born homosexual"
Friday, February 21, 2014

KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda’s president said he wants no lectures from Western governments opposed to the country’s controversial anti-gay bill, signaling he is set to sign it into law.

President Yoweri Museveni, who faces pressure within the ruling party to sign the anti-gay bill, said in a statement released Friday that countries “should relate with each other on the basis of mutual respect and independence.”

Yoweri Museveni

Yoweri Museveni

“Africans do not seek to impose their views on anybody,” Museveni said in the statement, which was published in the government-controlled New Vision as a response to U.S. criticism of the bill. “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.”

U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement Sunday that the bill is a “step backward for all Ugandans” an d warned that enacting it would “complicate” the East African country’s relationship with Washington.

The bill is widely popular in Uganda, where it has been championed by Christian clerics and politicians who say it is necessary to deter Western homosexuals from “recruiting” Ugandan children. Some Ugandan gays say the measure was orchestrated in 2009 by U.S. evangelicals who wanted to spread their anti-gay agenda in Africa.

The bill originally proposed the death penalty for a category of offenses called “aggravated homosexuality,” defined to include repeated sex among consenting adults as well as sex acts involving minors or a partner infected with HIV. Amid international pressure including the threat to withdraw aid by European countries such as Sweden, the death penalty was removed. The bill before Museveni sets life imprisonment as the maximum penalty and imposes a 14-year jail term for first-time homosexual offenders.

Pepe Julian Onziema, a prominent Ugandan gay activist, said Friday that he will challenge the legislation in court after the president signs it. Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Kagingo said Friday that “activists do not determine how the president runs the country.”

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Lawmakers passed the bill in December.

Museveni also said he is open to debate about homosexuality and that he does “encourage the U.S. 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.”

Helen Kawesa, a spokeswoman for Uganda’s parliament, said Museveni must still sign the anti-gay measure for it to become law, disputing activists who say the measure will automatically become law on Sunday whether or not Museveni signs it.

Kawesa said lawmakers await Museveni’s final decision.

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74 more reader comments:

  1. Haters don’t listen.
    What about his hat? Can we talk to him about that hat?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:00pm
  2. so basicly he is covering his ears and saying i cant hear you lalalalalalalalalal not listining lalalalalalalalalalala

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:46pm
  3. Sanctions and withdrawal of all support from civilized countries is what must happen, and if we hear of any human rights violations the world must take action.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:01pm
  4. We should impose the same sanctions on states such as Arizona

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:37pm
  5. Civilized countries?? Like the US?? laughable! If the US had their way they'd do the same! And guess who fills these poor African nations with all that hate and bigotry...US evangelicals and fundamentalists...sad really...and now we see the aftermath...and it's well and good to scream for sanctions but who do you think those sanctions affect most...children and the poorest of these nations....

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:45pm
  6. Thank you for voicing exactly what many of us are thinking, Louise Frechette.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:51pm
  7. You are so right Louise. Many of the states would have no problem doing the same. I think the Federal Government should impose sanctions on them. Take their money away. It's that simple. Red states take more federal dollars than they put in and would be incredibly crippled.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:52pm
  8. There is a reason why they are called 3rd world countries…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:03pm
  9. Sanctions….but will it change his sick and hateful beliefs.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:04pm
  10. Might get him overthrown.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:07pm
  11. Apes are more intelligent and more compassionate…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:05pm
  12. This kind of people is the reason our Earth lacks peace. We should love each other just how God loves us all no matter how we are.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:05pm
  13. Fuck Uganda

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:05pm
  14. Yes, fuck an entire country and all of its people, even the LGBT ones, because it has a messed up government. How would you feel if somebody said "fuck the US" even though we've historically had very fucked up governments?

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:42pm
  15. Sanctions!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:07pm
  16. Uganda, the new ass of the Earth. Russia is the crack.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:07pm
  17. And Arizona?

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:41pm
  18. Arizona is the hair that fills the crack and hides near the asshole.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:43pm
  19. and murica is the gooch

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:49pm
  20. What about President Zuma from South Africa? We stand for equal right here in our country. And our Archbishop Tutu has already spoken to him over the phone.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:07pm
  21. I know a lot of SA's stance on LGBTI rights, both in law and in practice (I interned with the community in Durban a few years ago), but I have no idea what Zuma's stance is. Is he anti-LGBT?

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:40pm
  22. In the past he has had some negative things to say. And I don't think he agrees with our government's stance. Nelson Mandela on the other hand was very supportive. But Zuma does represent our government and we should be making a stand as a country, especially as an African country.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:42pm
  23. Ugh, I really hope that everything your country worked so hard to fight for doesn't end up going down the drain. Yeah, I've never really been a fan of Zuma, and this doesn't help.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:53pm
  24. And, unfortunately, the problem is deeper than Zuma. He is actually a puppet with his strings pulled by a powerful group of "strugglists" in the ANC. They were the ones that through our Mbeki. The "Rainbow Nation" which was supported by Mandela has become tarnished. But we have an election on May 8, it will be interesting to see the outcome.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:57pm
  25. Funny how happy he is to accept advice from Western Churches and Christians but not Western Governments.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:08pm
  26. Asshole. Hope he gets whats coming to him if he violates human rights by signing that bill.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:09pm
  27. The only Westerners who were out there to “recruit” anyone were evangelicals who can’t sell their bill of goods so easily in the U.S. anymore. If he wants his country to be treated with “mutual respect,” perhaps he should consider treating his own countrymen with the same. The world is watching.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:10pm
  28. Tell me again what the UN is for?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:13pm
  29. Fuck your anti gay bullshit

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:14pm
  30. And fuck all you guys

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:15pm
  31. Cut ties and funds to this piece of elephant shit starving country !!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:15pm
  32. Was my bigot grandfather right?? Are STRAIGHT Africans inferior?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:16pm
  33. You have to watch God loves Uganda . It’s evangelist who started there mind set. All their visas should be revolked sp they can’t cause this damage else where. It’s the third world country’s they are focusing on cause they don’t know any better

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:18pm
  34. What’s the UN doing about this

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:21pm
  35. well looking at the hat hes not gay!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:26pm
  36. So Mr Ugandan president, tell us why any kid would kill himself or endure vicious bullying over something that was only a matter of ‘style’ he could choose differently about.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:26pm
  37. BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:27pm
  38. How ironic that the US government is against Uganda’s anti-gay stance while multiple US states are trying to pass anti-gay laws…says the resident of Arizona.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:28pm
  39. This is exactly the conversation most people do not want to have.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:34pm
  40. I’d like to see all the gays there take up long range marksmanship. They’re dead men for the most part anyway, might as well take some assholes in charge with them.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:34pm
  41. black hitler

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:35pm
  42. Which is exactly why this conversation MUST be brought to the forefront. Silence is not acceptable.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:37pm
  43. I love the irony (not really). He did seem really eager to listen to those from the US who supported his heterosexist and anti-LGBT stances.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:38pm
  44. THIS is exactly why these backwards asshole countries do not ever get out of being a third world country. They do not deserve better & should be treated like the stupid idiots that they are. CUT OFF ALL TIES WITH THESE ASSHOLE COUNTRIES..

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:40pm
  45. Sorry to burst your bubble Mel...but you are one of those "backwards asshole countries"!!!

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:27pm
  46. While I am extraordinary offended and upset by what Arizona has done Jason, No one is going to be rounded up and murdered by the government for being gay.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:45pm
  47. What’s this ass going to do when his aid is blocked?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:45pm
  48. U.S. missionary groups are supporting this kind of behavior, if not explicitly then implicitly…
    Cut OFF their money flow and they will cater to the wishes of whomever supports their sorry asses…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:45pm
  49. With what’s going in the U.S. (Kansas, AZ, etc) and our own govt refusing to step up to the plate, why should they care what we think?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:51pm
  50. Robert Hadley – Not yet, thankfully, but this is how genocidial policies are slowly, ever so slowly, pushed upon an unsuspecting populace.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:52pm
  51. I hope the US cuts off all aide to Uganda

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:54pm
  52. The filthy ignorant ape is proof of de-evolution.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:56pm
  53. Which Lisa is exactly why we have to stop this…. I actually had a gay friend tell me the oppression in Russia was not really happening, the western media was trying to make Russia look bad….

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:00pm
  54. black hitler

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:03pm
  55. Let’s see the bastard Rebuff when we stop giving him Aid and everything else!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:12pm
  56. Uneducated folks about homosexuality and heterosexuality, should not be out giving quotes. They are showing the whole world how far behind they are on research, when their facts are wrong. and people are paying the price for incompetent leaders………………

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:13pm
  57. Robert your friend is not telling you the truth, it is happening and it is very real. The western media isn’t reporting on it enough.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:14pm
  58. Then Yoweri Museveni wants no more aid from western governments either

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:16pm
  59. bigot.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:20pm
  60. Of course he does! That means the money he’s used to getting won’t be coming his way quite so much!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:40pm
  61. Is ok for him to impose his views. But is not ok if people want to impose their own views? Why?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:40pm
  62. Why not remove all human rights while we’re at it? Also that hat’s not bad, I’ll admit.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:44pm
  63. Bigot. Cut out this funding to Uganda.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:51pm
  64. Not welcome in our continent , I’ ll say stay in your tribe

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:52pm
  65. He is Republican.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:55pm
  66. “Africans do not seek to impose their views on anybody” oh, the irony……

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:00pm
  67. You are so right….NO FUCKING LECTURES….Time has come for ACTION… Close the U.S. Embassy Kampala, immediately. Stop all aid, immediately. Recall all government officials…immediately. There will be NO lectures….just action!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:01pm
  68. Cunt!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:05pm
  69. no ‘lectures’… wah wah wah….

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:07pm
  70. AMAZING HE CAN RED AND WRITE,TOO BAD HE’S SO STUPID OTHERWISE!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:07pm
  71. Now I know why the government does not give me control over drone strikes…sigh

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:26pm
  72. Kiss my a** Bigot Prez ! ( BTW that wasn’t a lecture )

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:40pm
  73. Crazy is as crazy does!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:48pm
  74. President Obama should withdrawn all financial support from the US.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:51pm