Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Uganda: No Amount of Intimidation Will Change Our Stand On Anti Homosexuality Law, Says Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni has defended the move to assent to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, urging Ugandans to remain firm as no amount of intimidation or actions will make him change the decision.

Speaking at Kyankwanzi, Museveni commended MPs for their support adding that once they are fighting for the right cause no one can defeat them.

He explained that he returned the bill to parliament because he had identified some illogicalities that had to be amended.

“If you are fighting for the right cause, there’s no force which can defeat you, but the problem I sometimes get with some of your groups is that you don’t take care to make sure that you are on the right side. This is why, I returned the bill last time, because I could see some illogicalities in it,” Museveni said.

He noted that the issue of homosexuality is a very serious one that centers around the human race, saying it requires a lot of seriousness when handling it.

The president said homosexuality was whispered and rumored about 200 years ago in this part of the world but was not publicized or promoted; it was considered purely private.

“Homosexuality existed in Buganda, Bunyoro and Karagwe in Tanzania in the last 200 years with a few people rumored to be homosexuals but there was no proof. The people were not encouraging it, but also, they were not fighting it because it was like a hidden, small secret of some few people”.

He that when the issue emerged again in 2014, he tried to study the root causes of the vice to determine the genesis of it , whether it was genetic, hormonal or hereditary.

“So, when it came up in 2014, this time I tried to study this issue. What is it? Is homosexuality genetic? Is it inherited by some people? Is it hormonal, for example somebody gets an imbalance of hormones and ends up with some distortion?”

“When we had a long discussion, including a group that was brought by Sarah Opendi to Entebbe involving many African people; the conclusion was a no. This is a psychological disorientation by some people at some stage – it’s not genetic, it’s not hormonal, it is psychological disorientation where somebody, because of some experience, hates the people you should love and loves the people you should not love. It’s like a sickness.”

He said that after thorough analysis with the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs, three positions were identified which led to the clarification and amendment of the Homosexuality Bill.

“So, if that is the case, then what do you do? That’s why, therefore, I advised your whips, the ones I invited, to say, if somebody is psychologically disoriented, you can’t punish him for that. You can’t criminalize him for that. So that’s why, therefore, I persuaded your whips who came, to go back to Parliament and persuade you, that please make it clear that suspicion or merely being suspected cannot be criminalized, cannot and should not be criminalized because it is like a sick person.”

“Now I’m glad when they went back, apparently, they cured this. This was what was cured and because the Attorney General was there, he captured it. They did, and they added something saying that for the avoidance of doubt, mere suspicion will not be a problem. So, then what is the problem? The problem is that, yes, you are disoriented. You have got a problem to yourself. Now, don’t try to recruit others. If you try to recruit people into a disorientation, then we go for you. We punish you.”

He said when someone violently grabs children and they rape them, the law ensured the perpetuators are killed.

“If you are suspected of being a homosexual, it is not an offense in itself. You are a person to be helped on the issue of homosexuality. If you want help it should be given, because it was said that some of the people can be helped to get back to normal. But secondly, if you want now to disorient others, we go for you, we punish you by imprisonment. If you go beyond that and you start raping children and so on, we kill you. So there, we are,” he said.