Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has defended his decision to sign the anti-gay bill passed by the parliament into law. Mr. Museveni said he signed the bill because he initially thought that some people were homosexual by nature and it would be wrong to punish them, but after conducting some research into the ’causes’ of the phenomenon, he had realized that they were rather homosexual by nurture (upbringing) or by choice.
“I thought there were such people – those who were either genetic or congenital homosexuals”, he said adding “since nurture is the main cause of homosexuality, then society can do something about it to discourage the trends. That is why I have agreed to sign the billî.
US President Barack Obama had criticized the decision calling it an affront and a danger to Uganda’s gay community but a defiant Museveni has stood his grounds warning that any external interference will not be tolerated.
Speaking to the press after signing the bill, Mr. Museveni blamed the advent of homosexuality on “arrogant and careless Western groups” who he claims are infiltrating Ugandan schools recruiting young children into the practice”. He further stated that heightened attention by the international press had drawn him to take a closer look at the issue.
“Initially, I did not pay much attention to it because I was busy with the immediate issues of defence, security, electricity, the roads, the railways, factories, modernization of agriculture etc.” he said.
The president said after paying some attention to the matter and conducting some research however, he has come to realize that there are people practicing homosexuality for ‘mercenary’ purposes; to make money, and these people have to be punished. He said his decision to sign the bill will ultimately protect the society from those who sought to corrupt the Ugandan way of life.
He expressed shock at how a ‘normal’ man could fail to be attracted to the beauties of a woman and instead, be attracted to a fellow man. Mr. Museveni also spoke against public show of affection and oral sex. “Some of the traditional styles are very pleasurable and healthy. The mouth is not engineered for that purpose except for kissing”, he said. He further suggested that oral sex could cause gonorrhea of the mouth and throat, worms and hepatitis E among a litany of other unmentionable diseases.
Earlier President Museveni had said that he would seek ‘scientific advise’ to determine what the root cause of homosexuality was before making a decision on whether or not to accent the bill but soon after he signed it, inviting the Press to the signing. “In order to get to the truth, we involved Uganda scientists as well as consulting scientists from outside Uganda”, he revealed.
Meanwhile, Ugandan writer Binyavanga Wainaina who caused a stir when he published a lost chapter from his memoir titled ‘I am a homosexual, Mum’ has said the anti-gay law is a ploy to arrest and imprison opposition figures ahead of the pending elections.