Ugandan President Puts Anti-Gay law on Hold to Seek Scientific Advice




(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Ugandan
President Yoweri Museveni has put a bill imposing strict penalties for
homosexuality on hold to give scientists a chance to prove that homosexuality
could be triggered by genes and is not a “lifestyle choice”.
Homosexuality
is taboo in African countries and illegal in 37. Few Africans are openly gay,
as they fear imprisonment, violence and loss of their jobs.
The
United States warned that signing the bill into law would complicate its
relationship with Uganda, a regional ally in the fight against the spread of
radical Islamists in Somalia to whom it gives more than $400 million in aid
every year.
Museveni
dismissed the U.S. threat, but said in a statement dated Feb. 18 and seen by
Reuters on Friday that he would not sign the proposed law until after hearing
from scientists.
“What
I want them to clarify is whether a combination of genes can cause anybody to
be a homosexual,” Museveni said in the statement. “Then my task will
be finished and I will sign the bill.”
Museveni
said local scientists would carry out the study but he invited U.S. scientists
to help. It was unclear how long the inquiry would last.
Presidential
spokesman, Tamale Mirundi, told Reuters on Friday the bill would be on hold for
now “until more conclusive research is done, and that’s what the president
is saying in that letter.”
The bill,
which was introduced in 2009, initially proposed a death sentence for
homosexual acts, but was amended to prescribe jail terms including life in jail
for what it called aggravated homosexuality.
That
category includes gay sex with a minor, where the victim is infected with HIV
and where the victim is vulnerable, such as a disabled person.
Museveni
last month said he would shelve the bill, which has drawn fire from Western
donors and human rights groups.
But on
Feb. 14, he told legislators from his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM)
party that he planned to sign the law after receiving an opinion from a group
of Ugandan scientists that homosexuality was a lifestyle choice that had no
connection to genes.
The
president is trying to please a conservative local constituency vehemently
opposed to homosexuality while at the same time avoiding alienating Western aid
donors.
Museveni
may have been under pressure to sign the bill after his party backed him as the
flag bearer in the 2016 presidential elections, analysts said.
“He
could not deny the wish of the MPs who had just given him what he wanted,”
political analyst Peter Mwesige, who heads the Africa Centre for Media
Excellence, said.


(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

ad_client = “pub-4712”;
ad_unit = 487;
ad_type = “imagead-250-1”;

Want Latest Controversial News? Download the Linjust app for Android Phones.


ADS

Do you suspect your loved one is cheating on you ? Find out with this amazing app.Records all calls, text messages, surroundings of the phone even when not on a call and more.

Looking For a Well-Paid Job? Start working as a Movie Extra & Earn up to $300/day 

YOUR AMERICAN DREAM IS IN YOUR HANDS. 50,000 People and their families wins the GREEN CARD lottery every year.2017 REGISTRATION HAS STARTED! CLICK HERE to Submit your green card application today!

Study in USA with an official American Green Card. CLICK HERE

Enjoy sex again, save your marriage, all thanks to Gods gift! [United states only]

Teeth Whitening system can deliver whitening results similar to those you’ll get when you pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars at the dentist.[This Offer is available only for UK]


Like it? Share with your friends!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

log in

reset password

Back to
log in