By Melanie Nathan, U.S. Asylum Seeker Country Conditions Expert Witness on LGBTQI+ Uganda and Africa Nathan@AfricanHRC.org
This indeed is the ridiculous notion being spread by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, proving that he is seeking to circumvent the iron Sheets Scandal by using gays as scapegoats. The timing of the new Anti-Homosexuality Act could not be more perfect for Museveni and the other corrupt MPS in his government.
He thinks human sexuality can be imposed. He believes that homosexuality would not exists if it were not for the West imposing it. He is DEAD wrong and I honestly do not believe him to be THAT STUPID. I think he knows that he is imposing a rhetoric that is harmful to Uganda's Gay community and that promotes his own popularity at a time of deep dissatisfaction where his 33 year dictatorship and recent corruption scandals are rocking his presidency. HERE IS THE PROOF per the Ugandan Monitor: "What you need to know:
Although Ugandans expected Mr Museveni to address public concerns like the diversion of iron sheets and goats meant to develop the Karamoja sub-region, he abruptly ended his speech causing murmurs from the Members of Parliament." This is what was reported in Today's Ugandan Monitor:
President Museveni has warned western countries to stop imposing their social practices like homosexuality on Africans.
“On the issue of homosexuals, we shall get the time and discuss the matter thoroughly. Homosexuals are deviations from normal. Is it by nature or by nurture? We need to answer those questions. We need a medical opinion on that,” he said.
While addressing the Parliament Thursday afternoon, Mr Museveni wondered why western countries threaten to impose sanctions on those who are opposed to homosexuality yet it should be the other way round.
“The western countries should stop wasting the time of humanity by imposing their social practices on us. Sex is confidential, so why should the public know whether you are a homosexual or not unless you pronounce yourself,” he remarked.
“In Europe, people marry their cousins but in Uganda and some other parts of Africa, it is taboo to marry your cousin, so should we impose sanctions on them? That is not our problem,” he added.
Although Ugandans expected Mr Museveni to address public concerns like the theft of iron sheets and goats meant to develop the Karamoja sub-region, he abruptly ended his speech causing murmurs from the Members of Parliament.
MPs: Iron sheets, iron sheets, iron sheets...
Museveni: If there are any other issues, convey them confidentially so that I can address them very well.
President Museveni concentrated his speech on the Parish Development Model and the social-economic transformation of the Ugandans.
"The other day I saw some youth on television, saying, we hear about PDM but we don’t see it. Nonsense, go and look for it, it is your fault. Go to the parish and check, it is your money, or check with your MP," he said.
You can Google to read more about THE IRON SHEETS scandal READ MORE ABOUT THE NEW ANTI-GAY LEGISLATION:
Ugandan Parliament Motion for A New "Kill the Gays Bill"
Analyzing the Harsh New Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill
HRAPF ANALYSIS of Uganda's New Anti-Homosexuality Bill
Religion and Homosexuality IN UGANDA