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Homosexuality is deviation from normal - Museveni

President Museveni addressing MPs at Kololo

President Museveni addressing MPs at Kololo

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has reiterated his stand against homosexuality, saying that the act is unnatural and a deviation from normal. He also accused the west of imposing its beliefs and values on the rest of the world.

Museveni made the statement while addressing parliament on Thursday in a sitting held at Kololo Independence Grounds. In a brief statement about the issue that continues to dominate public debate, Museveni told MPs that they will get time and discuss the matter thoroughly. 

“Is it by nature or by nurture?…we need to answer those questions," Museveni said. "This deviant, is he deviant by nature or by nurture? We need a medical opinion on that. We shall discuss it thoroughly.”

“The western countries should stop wasting the time of humanity by trying to impose their practices on other people...Europeans and other groups marry cousins and near relatives, here to marry within a clan is taboo…should we impose sanctions on them for marrying relations? So, we should put sanctions on people who are marrying their cousins in other parts of the world. This is not our job, if they are marrying their cousins that is their problem.” 

The president noted that sex in Uganda and maybe in other parts of Africa is confidential.

“Even heterosexuality, even the heterosexuals, they do it confidentially, otherwise how do we come to know that you are a homosexual unless you publicize it? We shall discuss all this,” the president assured the MPs.

Museveni's statement comes at a time the legal and parliamentary affairs committee is scrutinizing the new Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2023 recently tabled before the House by Bugiri Municipality MP, Asuman Basalirwa.

In his bill, Basalirwa emphasized the need to improve the Penal Code Act, which was enacted by British colonialists to prohibit recruitment, promotion, and funding of same-sex practices because the vice threatens the continuity of the family and the safety of children. This is the second attempt by Uganda to have a stand-alone legislation against homosexuality.

On December 20, 2013, parliament passed the first Anti Homosexuality Bill that was tabled by Ndorwa East MP, David Bahati and assented to by Museveni on February 24, 2014. However, the Constitutional court annulled the law on August 1, 2014, on grounds that it had been passed without the requisite quorum.

Early last month, the president assured the public that Uganda will not embrace homosexuality and that the west should stop seeking to impose its views to compel dissenting countries to normalize what he called deviations.

Museveni was then speaking at the national celebrations to mark Janani Luwum Day at Wii-Gweng village in Mucwini sub-county, Kitgum district. The celebrations were presided over by the Archbishop of the  Church of Uganda Archbishop,  Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu days after he denounced a move by the Church of England to allow clergy to bless same-sex marriages.

“We have been telling them, please, this problem of homosexuality is not something that you should normalize and celebrate," Museveni then said.  "They don’t listen, they don’t respect other people’s views and they want to turn the abnormal into normal and force it on others. We shall not agree.” 

According to the United Nations (UN), Uganda is among the 77 countries across the globe that criminalize homosexual practices. 


0 #1 kabayekka 2023-03-17 10:58
Better still to try and normalize African languages so that many more Africans can understand how their countries are properly governed by their fellow Africans.
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+2 #2 PaulM 2023-03-17 11:14
This bill is dead on arrival. Museveni cannot afford to lose the support of the US because of this Basalirwa gay bill.

Everything else comes secondary to his life presidency ambition even if it means sodomizing your kids
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+2 #3 Olum S. 2023-03-17 13:29
I am definitely not taking any lectures or sermons about what is or isn’t deemed as immoral from someone who has destroyed the moral fibre, the well-being, the unity of the country that he has held hostage throughout his nearly 4 decades of misrule.

All this macho talk against homosexuality by M7 is pure nonsense and should be treated as such. He is only publicising this topic to try and gain sorely needed support from Ugandans, and also deflect all the unwanted attention from the daily scandals that are overwhelming his totally incompetent, corrupt, tribalistic government.

M7 has never cared about anything other than him and his family retaining power, and it would be beyond shocking if any Ugandan today hasn’t realised this by now.
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+1 #4 A K Mukasa 2023-03-17 13:56
Museveni, a pound shop Putin. We have been here before and he has baulked when asked to endorse the legislation.

He is a populist but he knows he cannot upset his paymasters otherwise they may marginalise him and treat him like a pariah. He saw what happened to Mugabe and he can’t risk that happening to him.

He is simply paying lip service. And as much as I detest homosexuality, the MP’s are simply picking on a soft target because they have failed in their duty to hold the government to account for the parlous state of the nation.
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0 #5 Lysol 2023-03-17 19:10
Yoweri, I hear that, you people also marry cousins or close relatives. Is that not taboo?

And why are you hiding behind that big ass white bus/track?
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0 #6 Willy not Silly 2023-03-17 19:11
It is true Homosexuality is a deviation from the normal, but the raging debate about homosexuality in Uganda is an intended diversion from more serious issues.

Must we have a new law to penalize homosexuals every other year? Recall the first 1995 version, then the 2013 Bahati version, and now the 2023 Asuman Basalirwa version of the same Homosexual law!
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0 #7 Rwatoro 2023-03-17 20:19
There you make a point. Let them go hung!
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+2 #8 kasede 2023-03-19 01:36
Let us be clear here:
(1) Homosexuality is in deed a deviation from NILOTIC sexual behaviour BUT it is a TRADIONAL / CULTURAL behaviour of some BANTU ethnicities (such as the Ganda).

Please be reminded about HOW WE GOT UGANDA MATRES. Therefore, it is WRONG & DISHONEST to attribute the introduction homosexuality into Uganda by foreighners .

(2) In fact, foreigners (backed by their repective Faiths - ISLAM & XTIANITY, discouraged that Bantu cultural tradition as SIns, just as they continue to fight against Vaginal Declitorisation (FMG) today. FMG is also a Bantu cultural tradition, isn't it?

(3) one of the Ug Kings is proud to be called the Bbaffe (= husband of men). WHAT? !!!!
ALTERNATIVELY, just commercialize it as a tourist attraction.

There are many Westertern Lesbian Men who would gladly pay to present their gutters / exuast pipes to our unemployed lads. [Isn't that a better choice? If you are a presidential advisor, please pass this suggestion to him.]
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