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Ugandan President Signs Anti-Gay Bill Into Law

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signs an anti-homosexual bill into law at the state house in Entebbe, 36 km south west of capital Kampala February 24, 2014.
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signs an anti-homosexual bill into law at the state house in Entebbe, 36 km south west of capital Kampala February 24, 2014.
The president of Uganda has signed an anti-homosexuality bill into law, defying Western governments and international human rights groups.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda, but the new law imposes much harsher penalties, including 14-year prison terms for first-time offenders and life sentences for so-called “aggravated homosexuality.”

“Promotion” of homosexuality also has been criminalized, as well as failure to report a gay person to police.

Speaking Monday from the state house in Entebbe, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said he was signing the bill because the scientists he consulted had not found a gene for homosexuality.

“There are those who engage in homosexuality for mercenary reasons, especially here; the ones who are recruited mainly for poverty. And then there are those who become homosexual by both nature, some element of genetics, and nurture.”

The move comes despite years of intense pressure from Western countries and human rights groups not to sign the bill.

President Barack Obama has called the new law a “step backward” for Uganda, and said it would “complicate” relations between the two countries. At the moment the United States gives Uganda about $400 million annually in aid.

Gay and lesbian rights activist Kasha Nabagesera said Uganda’s homosexual community has been expecting this move for some time, and that they intend to challenge it in court.

“Right now we are just trying to remain calm, and then we will continue with our focus which is to challenge it in the constitutional court. We are just putting the final touches on our petition,” said Nabagesera.

The bill was passed by parliament in December without the necessary quorum, and many expect it to be ruled unconstitutional.  

Nabagesera said the legal challenge will begin later this week.

Museveni issued a defiant response last Friday to U.S. pressure, published in the local media, in which he criticized Western counties for trying to impose their views on Uganda.

Museveni initially indicated he would refuse to sign the bill passed by the Ugandan parliament in December. He later changed his position after consulting with a panel of Ugandan scientists, though some scientists have claimed the president misinterpreted the panel’s conclusions.

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by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
February 27, 2014 11:43 PM
The Western world doesn't have no morality, and values for our females. Mr. Museveni did what is right to protect the younger generation. Africa has classify Mr. Museveni to be the father of human right. He stood for what is right and true.
America, the UN and EU may called him a dictator, But in the eyes of the Africans, He is one of the heroes of Africa. The Museveni administration help to bring peace and stability in Africa and other regions.
The Western World needs to mind their business and understand that, there are different laws for different countries. And the Uganda constitution doesn't allowed the publicity of gays in their country. why the western cannot import these people in their countries? this is the best way to stand for the gays in Africa.
The problem here, the Western World wants to control Africa with that little bit of money they give to them. Enough of this Western World nonsense, Africa is for the Africans. and the African leaders need to stand for what is right. if not, we are going back to cololism, beware of the height, and dont believe the height.


by: Paula Key from: Canada
February 25, 2014 2:10 AM
Forbes Magazine asked world wide readers on Facebook to name the worst dictators alive today and President Museveni was ranked in amongst them. Now that he has passed the Anti-Homosexual Bill, the world will be more informed about him.

Museveni is placed alongside some notable dictators: Remember that he is also placed along side Uganda’s former dictator **Idi Amin.

Bashar al-Assad of Syria **North Korea’s Kim Jong-ill, ** Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe **Vladamir Putin **General Than Shwe (Burma)**Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Kha** Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir **

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President Museveni should reveal how he acquired this wealth, yet by 1986 he was landless, without shelter, poor like a church mouse, the only wealth he had was an AK 47 Kalashnikov that he had used to butcher Ugandans during the 1981-1986 bush war.

But now surprisingly President Yoweri Museveni’s being ranked the 12th richest person in Africa, his wealth is estimated at $1.7bn

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
February 25, 2014 7:55 PM
What rubbish are you talking about here? Do you mean because he is a dictator he has nothing good in him? What we understand right now is that so-called human rights strategy of the west is just another way to call the dog a bad name to hang it. Right now Museveni is such a hero in Africa that you cannot vilify with all your arsenal of evil rights. He is a defender of the most valuable rights of Africa. Take it or leave it, he is a hero right now, able to look the west in the eyes and say 'to hell', which most other presidents in the continent, like that of Nigeria, will first seek for permission to say.


by: scallywag from: nyc
February 24, 2014 4:56 PM
One can't help what the anti gay laws are really about? Is it really an attempt to protect children, to uphold morality as has been claimed or just another way to demonize certain sectors of society who are made to symbolize the ills of society and to curry support for a long running president who needed to create a bogeyman that many can now rally against to the mutual benefit of incumbent elite and divert attention to the ongoing pillage of society, of those massacred, maimed , raped and/or forced into exile......

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2014/02/ugandas-president-yoweri-museveni-signs-harsh-anti-gay-laws/

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