Museveni accused of supporting homosexuality
03 October 2014, 19:16
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
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.
Read also: Uganda president warns of economic impact of anti-gay bill
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
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
Recently, Male attacked Ugandan MPs for being poor at English after
one female legislator referred to pubic hair as public hair while addressing
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