KAMPALA, Uganda — President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has launched fresh condemnation of gays, saying they deserve punishment because homosexuality “is criminal and it is so cruel.”
Museveni, who last month signed a bill strengthening criminal penalties against homosexuals, said Monday that he is “now mobilizing to fight” Western gays he accuses of promoting homosexuality in Africa.
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Museveni spoke at a “thanksgiving service” organized by a coalition of Ugandan religious leaders and government officials who said the president deserves credit for defying Western pressure.
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