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Museveni accused of supporting homosexuality

03 October 2014, 19:16 Godfrey Olukya

Nairobi - Anti gay groups in Uganda have attacked president Museveni for what they termed "getting soft" towards homosexuality.

They claim that ever since president Museveni returned from the United States ,about a week ago, his attitude towards homosexuality has totally changed.

This comes following a statement made by president Museveni in today's government newspaper,"The New Vision" where he advised Ugandans to be careful about the anti gay law so that they do not make pro-gay countries sabotage the country's economy.

 He said that although the county can do without aid from donor countries annoyed by the anti gay law, economic sabotage from such countries can be very destructive.

Museveni said in the statement,"We were not influenced by aid cuts. However,when it comes to trad, we should remember that other people are also sovereign.They can choose whom to trade with and whom not to trade with," he said.

He advised that the issue of homosexuality should be resolved in a manner that serves the best interests of the country, taking into account its foreign trade ties. He urged Ugandans not to open up war with its trade partners recklessly, over the issue of homosexuality saying this would be irresponsible.

The president who a few months ago signed the anti-homosexuality law, which was later thrown out by a court, said that there were already laws in place since colonial days against those involved in the act. He however added on that what remains is to debate on those who do it voluntarily.

" Should we involve Uganda in endless wars with our potential partners in trade on account of the group of voluntary homosexuals even after we have protected our children? That is what we need to debate and resolve," Museveni said.

Museveni's statement has irked anti-homosexuality  organizations in the country.

" The president should not change his mind about homosexuality simply because he has recently been to USA where it is supported," said Amon Nsuuga an anti homosexuality activist.

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Another anti-homosexuality advocate, Pastor Martin Sempa said, " It is good that the president is calling for debate but he has changed his stand because he is under pressure. He is calling for new debate after spending time in USA," he added.

Another anti -gay leader, Salume Akello said, "Even if president Museveni betrays us and starts supporting homosexuality in the country, majority of Ugandans will not accept it. We will continue with our war against it".

That said  gay groups are happy over president's new stand. They believe that the issue of homosexuality should be resolved in a manner that serves the best interests of the country, taking into account its foreign trade ties. He urged Uganda not to open up war with its trade partners recklessly over the issue of homosexuality, saying this would be irresponsible.

Programme director of Sex Minorities Uganda, Julian Peppe said he was happy about the statement made by Museveni. She said, "It is good that president Museveni has taken that stand. Laws should not be based on emotions. I am glad that president Museveni has now started looking at homosexuality in another angle. It is also good that he wants to have a serious dialogue," she added.

 The director of Arising for Christ, Pastor Solomon Male has also supported Museveni saying that all along he had told MPs that the penal code has enough punishment for gay people found guilty of enticing under-age children into homosexuality, and those caught in aggravated act.

" There is no need of another law. Unfortunately our MPs seem not to be good at English and they do not even read the penal code",said pastor Male.

Recently, Male attacked Ugandan MPs for being poor at English after one female legislator referred to pubic hair as public hair while addressing secondary students.

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