February 14, 2014

M7 To MPs: I Will Sign Anti-gay Bill Into Law

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni

Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni has told legislators of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party at their retreat in Kyankwanzi that he will sign the Anti-homosexuality bill into law.

This was revealed by government spokesman Ofwono Opondo on social media site Twitter, Friday evening.

“President Museveni has told NRM MPs he will assent the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law” Ofwono tweeted.

On December 30, the Ugandan Parliament passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, allowing for greater punishments for gay people, and those who fail to report them to police.

The president’s promise to sign the bill comes after 14 medical experts presented a report that homosexuality is not genetic but a social behavior.

The report follows a request by President Yoweri Museveni for scientific proof on the cause of homosexuality before he assents to the Anti Homosexuality Bill that was passed by Parliament in December, 2013.

The NRM caucus has welcomed the development as a measure to protect Ugandans from social deviants.

Ugandan traditionalists, religious leaders and politicians have been urging president Museveni to sign the Bill.

Below is a press release by NRM Caucus Spokes person  Anite Evelyn.

PRESS RELEASE

PRESENTATION BY A TEAM OF SCIENTISTS FROM MoH AND MAKERERE UNIVERSITY ON HOMOSEXUALITY AND GENETICS IN HUMANS

A Ministerial Committee comprising of scientists from MoH and Makerere University was set up to study homosexuality and genetics in human beings and advise the President and the NRM Caucus on the subject of homosexuality.

The committee comprised of;

– Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng – Director General of Health Services

– Dr. Isaac Ezati – Director Planning and Development at MOH

– Dr. Jacinto Amandua – Commissioner Clinical Services

– Dr. Sheila Ndyanabangi – Head, Mental Health Desk

– Prof. Seggane Musisi – Professor of Psychiatry at Makerere

– Assoc. Prof. Eugene Kinyanda – Senior Research Scientist, Medical Research Council

– Dr. David Basangwa – Director, Butabika Hospital

– Dr. Sylvester Onzivua – Senior Pathologist, Mulago Hospital

– Dr. Misaki Wayengera – Geneticist, Makerere

– Dr. Paul Bangirana – Clinical Psychologist, Makerere

– Prof. Wilson Byarugaba – Rtd. Professor and former Head of Human and Molecular Genetics, Dept of Pathology, Makerere

Two medical Parliamentarians names; Dr. Chris Baryomunsi and Dr. Medard Bitekerezo also presented a report whose findings and conclusions concurred with that of the Ministerial Committee.

The following were their observations;

1. There is no definitive gene responsible for homosexuality.

2. Homosexuality is not a disease but merely an abnormal behavior which may be learned through experiences in life.

3. In every society, there is a small number of people with homosexuality tendencies.

4. Homosexuality can be influenced by environmental factors e.g. culture, religion and peer pressure among others.

5. The practice needs regulation like any other human behavior especially to protect the vulnerable.

6. There is need for further studies to address sexuality in the African context.

Presidential Advisor on Science Dr. Richard Tushemereirwe stated that homosexuality has serious Public Health consequences and should therefore not be tolerated.

H.E. the President then made it clear that his work was done and that all he needed was for the Scientists to sign the paper they presented since it would be a historical document forming basis for the signing of the Bill.

H.E. also declared that he would sign the Bill since the question of whether one can be born a homosexual or not had been answered.

The President emphasized that Promoters, exhibitionists and those who practice homosexuality for Mercenary reasons will not be tolerated and will therefore be dealt with harshly.

Hon. Anite Evelyn

NRM Caucus Spokes person

 

8 thoughts on “M7 To MPs: I Will Sign Anti-gay Bill Into Law

  1. Well done Mr President, very proud of you if u fulfil your promise and sign the bill into a law. Long live M7 chief of the armed forces.

  2. This is very unwise of M7, because this decision will lead to ostracism by financial interests in the West and cause great financial hardship for the People of Uganda.
    When that happens, they will know who to blame and act accordingly.

  3. Who
    Am I to Judge???

    Many in a sudden rush to condemnation of the MP Fox Odoi for his
    position on the Gay and Lesbian Bill and issue need to take pause and
    reflect deeply on the matter. Many of us heterosexuals, male and
    female with no biases either way simply see a man attempting to
    interpret the law as it is written to highlight the value of human
    rights and civil rights both under Uganda’s constitution and under
    international law for the long haul and the clear secular separation
    of church or religion and state in the interpretation of the law of
    the land. Those of us who live in the free world despite
    being religiously heterosexual in every sense of the word
    perhaps understand this issue better already as we live and work
    beside people like us who may or may not have other sexual
    orientation than our heterosexual norm yet we have learned
    to socially tolerate that difference without prejudice . Any one
    who may feel homophobic as many of us may have been labelled numerous
    times for our feelings and open opinions about sexual orientation at
    one time have hard to grapple with questions such as those below:

    1)Who am I to judge one’s sexual orientation or preferences? but
    only God to who we are answerable equally for all our sins as well as
    the good we do in life . As long as we do not commit a crime
    that does harm to another unwilling human being or innocent
    child or person with disability and lacking rational judgement or not
    knowing right and wrong.

    Interesting enough there are already protections under the
    commonwealth laws for such potential victims of incest, sodomy,
    pimping, bestiality, polygamy, sexual slavery, and the list goes on.

    2)If you are a member of the clergy or leadership of any
    religious group or affiliation, does the holy book , bible,
    Koran, Torah instruct you or me to persecute a homosexual or
    lesbian or indeed a heterosexual fornicator who secretly or
    openly has a mbistress or concubines ( a very common
    practice in Uganda or African society by tradition) and for that
    matter a prostitute, a pimp who sells women’s body sexual favours for
    money and the list goes on.???

    3)Does the bible and most other religious books encourage us and
    especially those in the “gab” like the Right Reverend Arch Bishop
    Ntagali to have empathy for those human souls who we may believe are
    spiritually astray in the moral sense or does the bible tell us to
    condemn, persecute them and ultimately lock them up?? If I can quote
    the bible: I think we are told not to judge lest we be judged a
    hundred-fold. So also are we told to have empathy yet like the
    pharisees we see a Bishop of the church rush to condemnation as
    we saw in the days of Jesus. On the other hand we read of Jesus
    showing empathy, kindness and forgiveness to a woman prostitute who
    was about to be stoned to death for her sins yet non of those
    condemning her were ready to admit to being free of sin in front of
    the Christ Jesus. And why was Jesus communing with and endeavouring
    to mingle with sinners and his disciples alike?? was he sending a
    message to us or was he a traitor to the teachings of the synagogues
    as the Pharisees saw him??: and deserved judgement and punishment
    from the pharisees and the mob???

    4)On the political front, should we as practising politicians let
    political expediency cloud our honest and accurate interpretation of
    the law of the land and international law. If we so do, are we in
    the eyes of God really true representatives of the people we claim to
    serve when we get elected? Or are we hypocrites and opportunists?

    Last but not least,

    5)How can a developing country like Uganda faced with so many
    seemingly insurmountable political and economic challenges afford to
    devote so much “parliamentary time” on a social bill to persecute
    a minority when there are gigantic political, social-economic issues
    facing the Ugandan people and which no one in the house seems to
    confront or dare to address yet need priority in parliamentary
    debate??? or is this diversionary at best to avoid what may be a
    political crisis on the horizon??

    6) Which of all the perceived evils referred to in the above
    text is the bigger evil or sin before God?? You be the judge but
    ultimately God is the final judge of all including you and me whether
    we are straight, gay, lesbian, fornicators, thugs, sexual predators,
    murderers and the list goes on.

    Make your own judgement if you are reading this but as a fiercely
    heterosexual man myself, who might also pick celibacy and singleness
    over any form of FORNICATION, if you catch my drift, I choose to not
    judge “gays and lesbians” even though their sexual orientation
    may feel instinctively, repulsive to me at best. But who am I to
    judge??? All I can do for them is wish them well and fair judgement
    before God and thank God that he made me as I am; a heterosexual and
    pray to God to help me leave the judgement to the Almighty creator
    who created all, straight or twisted, or else I may be offending God
    and committing a sin to judge his creative endeavour. I believe
    Mother Teresa may have reached the same conclusion when in her
    opinion of “sainthood” when she said a saint in her conscience
    might be someone who commits a minimum of 10 sins a day but still
    never yields to temptation and struggles against evil but repents
    before God.

  4. I wish this level of consultation by the president would be the norm in every aspect of governance of the country.

  5. We would love to see these findings by the so called scientists published in all medical journals all over the world. May be Uganda will be the first in Africa to win the Nobel Prize in Medicine. And M7 would accompany the scientists to Stockholm Sweden to receive the Prize next December. How proud Uganda would be to have found a cure, unlike with the HIV/AIDS.

  6. This was a wise move by the President, similar to that of Pontius Pilate! I am not sure that the scientists have used SCIENCE to reach at their unanimous conclusions!

  7. Good president M7 if you sign this bill. Refusing to sign it would mean you are anti-people. When parliament speaks, the people have spoken. We can do without aid. If we ended corruption, our resources are enough.

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