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Ahead of the NRM party retreat in Kyankwazi on Thursday, scientists set up to explain the causes of homosexual behaviour have begun writing their report.

President Museveni, at an earlier meeting at State House last month, surprised his ruling NRM MPs when he said he would only sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, if there is scientific proof that homosexuals were made and not born.

By his statement Museveni, perhaps inadvertently, betrayed his conviction that homosexuality had genetic rather than social causes.

His declaration stirred an angry response from the NRM caucus. To calm tensions, he suggested that a team of scientists study the problem (homosexuality) and present a report to the NRM caucus during its February 6-16 retreat in Kyankwanzi.

One of the scientists on the team, Mbarara Municipality MP Medard Bitekyerezo, told The Observer on Monday that his own study showed that homosexuals were not born. He says homosexuality is a socially-acquired behaviour that can even be cured.

“From the research that I have engaged in for some time ever since we were assigned by the caucus, I have discovered that there is no gene that is said to produce [homosexuality] as claimed by some people,” he said.

In December, Parliament passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which slaps a life sentence on anyone found guilty of engaging in homosexual behaviour. However, the president refused to assent to the proposed law on grounds that he needed to consult more. Many believe President Museveni is reluctant to assent to the bill largely to avoid a backlash from the international community.

The team of scientists established to carry-out research is guided by genetic experts from the region. It is composed of NRM lawmakers with a medical background. These include; Kinkiizi East MP Dr Chris Baryomunsi, Dr Bitekyerezo (Mbarara municipality), Dr Kenneth Omona (Kaberamaido) and Dr Sam Lyomoki (Workers).

“We were given the terms of reference and accordingly we are meant to produce evidence that will guide the House with regard to how it is going to deal with the issue of homosexuality,” Dr Bitekyerezo said.

“Before the caucus makes a consensus on this matter of homosexuality, there is need for members to know whether this act is artificial or natural because there are different opinions being advanced with regard to this matter and as such expert evidence needs to be availed to guide members,” Bitekyerezo said.

Tentative evidence

In his findings, Dr Omona says homosexuals are made but not born.

“In one study [it is] revealed that actually 50 per cent of the homosexuals revert to heterosexuality if rehabilitated in time. This, in itself, reveals a behavioural aspect,” he told us.

These findings, however, contradict the 2010 Report of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in England on Human Sexuality submitted to the Church of England. The report, quoted by Peter Mulira, a senior lawyer, writing in the Daily Monitor, reveals that “.......sexual orientation is biological in nature, determined by a complex interplay of genetic factors and the early uterine environment. Sexual orientation is, therefore, not a choice.”

Regardless of the findings, the president is likely to seek a compromise, sources said.

“I think that he is going to seek a balanced position on the matter. He is going to emphasize that the law should be amended to criminalize the act on ground of motive. This is so that he does not want to annoy the electorate who the lawmakers owe too much and at the same time the international community,” said a senior cabinet minister.

Museveni last month criticised Parliament for passing the bill in December without a quorum. He said homosexuals were “abnormal” or were so for “mercenary reasons” and if the economy improved, they could be “rescued.”

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-2 #1 james 2014-02-05 01:21
I love President Museveni. I believe is calculating his moves for 2016. 2 things that favors him a lot; 1). if the western thinks that he has over-stayed in power for a long time and there is need for change(call it transitional)he will get them in passing or not passing the bill.

For Ugandans,if anything units Uganda is the Homosexual bill(FDC,NRM,DP ,UPC,etc) the majority are against it. So the ball is in the President's hands. If I was the president I would play my cards smartly,which I believe the president is going to do it-Play on the westerns(donors minds) and then later change to Ugandans/African minds i.e cracking a deal with the wester and then later turn against them Mugabe style.
This bill favors the president other than any one else.
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+9 #2 4ABetterUganda 2014-02-05 01:26
When they said they were going consult scientists, I thought they were going to consult real scientist, not quack scientists.

Mr. Bitekyerezo, for example, started his research with same position, and his research with the same position. What a quack.

This is how it will go down in history:

"They constituted themselves into a team of quack lawyers, and formulated a ridiculous bill against homosexuals.

Then they constituted themselves into a quorum of parliament, and passed it.

Then they constituted themselves into a team of quack scientists, and validated it.

Then they constituted themselves into a team of quack policemen and decided to implemented it.

The rest, as they say, is history."

Mr. Bitekyerezo and your colleagues, your grand children will learn about you in school, and they will laugh at you, a lot.
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+4 #3 atabo sudan 2014-02-05 02:10
Does that mean that the NRA mercenaries who committed homosexual acts on men in public in the north are the reasons M7 does not want to give accent to the bill
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+2 #4 Samuel Ochieng 2014-02-05 09:45
To deal with Gays is simple, assemble and relocate them to one of the Islands with abundant food and other basic needs, only same sex living there.

We give them between 50 to 100 decades, there will be no reproduction, let them enjoy their human rights the very natural rights, I can only say that we shall see them extinguished from the earth.
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+3 #5 Maurice George 2014-02-05 12:01
I'm watching Uganda's debate with interest. My view, from the U.K., is that it's encouraging to see that some people (including Ugandan politicians) are brave enough to stand up against the homophobes.

The sad thing is that the anti-gay laws in much of Africa origininate from colonial times. I just hope that gay men and women in Uganda will soon be able to live without fear.
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+4 #6 Abdul 2014-02-05 12:21
Quoting Samuel Ochieng:
To deal with Gays is simple, assemble and relocate them to one of the Islands with abundant food and other basic needs, only same sex living there.

We give them between 50 to 100 decades, there will be no reproduction, let them enjoy their human rights the very natural rights, I can only say that we shall see them extinguished from the earth.


All you will see is that they will keep on being born at the same pace from hetero parents, because it's nature's way, and none of your fascist inhuman methods will ever be able to wipe them out.

Your comment simply shows very clearly you have no clue whatsoever what homosexuality is all about.
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+2 #7 No name-ask me! 2014-02-05 13:03
Honestly people, especially those who support the idea of being gay, try to think this through. In our early education, they teach us about two systems in the human body, the digestive system and the reproductive system.

In case of male species, of which i belong, we are hardwired and preprogrammed to stick our reproductive private parts up the female reproductive system.

Now tell me, because of some 'software bug' preprogrammed in your brain(read, your a born with), you are hardwired, as a man, to stick your reproductive parts up the digestive system of a fellow man! think about it ugandans, think about!!! from the world i come from, we as programmers sit down and 'debug' the software.

So i totally agree with people who think gays can be saved and hardwired again to stick their reproductive parts up the right system.
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+1 #8 ruben 2014-02-05 15:07
Looks like M7 sent these guys on a fools errand and they also went. A homo is a man who is sexually attracted to another man. Even if such a man does not have sex with another man he is still a homo.

On the other hand a hetrosexual man who chooses to have sex with a man say for money is hetrosexual. So why are are men attracted to other men ? why are some men attracted to women with big butts and others are not ? big tits ?

why do some people enjoy matoke and others do not ? Homo men can and do sleep with women and that does not make them hetrosexual. What this is about is restricting the choices of Ugandans for reasons of culture or religion.
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+2 #9 Lakwena 2014-02-05 16:11
Quoting atabo sudan:
Does that mean that the NRA mercenaries who committed homosexual acts on men in public in the north are the reasons M7 does not want to give accent to the bill


In other words, after his regret on the 26th Jan 2014, at Mayuge; M7 doesn't want them (NRA) who committed homosexual atrocities in Northern uganda, to be investigated, identified and given life sentence by the Act, if passed as it is.
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+1 #10 Betty Long Cap 2014-02-05 16:16
Quoting No name-ask me!:
In our early education, they teach us about two systems in the human body, the digestive system and the reproductive system.


Thanks No-Name for the brilliant, detailed explanation of anatomy and what sodomy is about. Will be very interesting what the Presidential Nature-Nurture report reveals to the world today.

Ugandans, does your DICTATOR ever embarrass you? Seems there is just about no topic he will not tackle with bush understanding. We laugh to keep from crying.
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+3 #11 Ndiwulila 2014-02-05 18:38
I DO NOT at all support homosexuality, but again I do not think Bitekyerezo and Baryomunsi are competent enough to determine whether homosexuality is either genetic or learned behavior.

I wonder if they have ever heard of a male born with effeminate character, about hermaphrodites or androgynous individuals (sometimes right from birth).

Lets employ qualified and exposed geneticists to this task.
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+2 #12 4ABetterUganda 2014-02-05 19:14
Quoting No name-ask me!:
In our early education, they teach us about two systems in the human body, the digestive system and the reproductive system.

In case of male species, of which i belong, we are hardwired and preprogrammed to stick our reproductive private parts up the female reproductive system.


Your knowledge of biology is limited to your primary school classes. That is okay.

You can share this "knowledge" with others at a local bar, with your fellows, with your friends, at school, in church, etc. And that is okay.

But now see. It is all nonsense. i.e. Your comment is nonsense. It does not make any sense to people with knowledge.

So why should anyone ban "promotion of homosexuality", if you can say all that nonsense and nothing happens?

Now imagine you are the MP, and you decide to write policies on biology. Wouldn't that be very absurd?
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+6 #13 naboma 2014-02-05 19:17
Quoting 4ABetterUganda:
When they said they were going consult scientists, I thought they were going to consult real scientist, not quack scientists.

Couldnt agree more my brother/sister. What kind of scientist researchers start with a biased position. I shaddered and lost all respect for Baryomunsi when I heard him say without quoting one study that homosexuality is not genetic.

The environment will alwz have an impact on our lives buit homosexuality is in born period.If it is not then heterosexuality is not in born either.
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+1 #14 john adewoye 2014-02-06 06:57
Dr Omona says homosexuals are made but not born.

Catholic Catechism: Who made you? God made me homosexual. Science cannot prove it because it is purely divine doing.
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0 #15 Lakwena 2014-02-06 08:01
Quoting 4ABetterUganda:
Your knowledge of biology is limited to your primary school classes. That is okay.

You can share this "knowledge" with others at a local bar, with your fellows, with your friends, at school, in church, etc. And that is okay.

But now see. It is all nonsense. i.e. Your comment is nonsense. It does not make any sense to people with knowledge.


No name-ask me, simply ignore this guy. He is like a slow learner who wonders why 1+1=2, but not 11. Or 2+3=5, but not 23.


In other words, 4ABetterUganda and think alike wonder why some people think M7 and homosexuality are such terrible things.

You can see for yourself from the pedantic and logical nonsense he has spewed above. Lets give him time, he will catch up soon or later.
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0 #16 wodgot 2014-02-06 11:58
Homosexuals are either born with the homosexual genes or it may emerge as a result of genetic mutation in our lifetime. Dr. Chris's research is biased because he ignored the significance of environment in genetic mutations, which may also account to being Gay!.

The sample frame used and the time spent in conducting this research are not adequate enough to produce a reliable conclusion. Dr. Chris needs many years of research and a large sample group to arrive at his conclusion that Gay are not born or genetically mutated by environmental factors.
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0 #17 Betty Nalubega 2014-02-06 16:34
Wodgot,
like you, I am not so sure that the conclusions that some of these scientistarrive at are not based on or motivated by their own social inclinations.

I know that some rasist scientists have argued that we black people are born with low IQ. Another study from another rasist scientist "confirmed" that black men come with a "rape gene".

This is the scientist that some anti-immigrant parties in EU quote and connect the raise of rapes in Eourope to the raising numbers of blacks in EU.

A pro-homo. reseacher is likely to come up with some evidence to prove that there is nothing wrong with this "sexuality" , An anti-homo is more likely to find the opposite.
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0 #18 Betty Nalubega 2014-02-06 16:47
If homos men get it from their mothers and lesbians get it from their fathers gene, shouldn`t that mean that two homosexual men cannot be sexually attracted to each other ?Wouldn`t that make them feminine and therefore not interested in having sex with other homos ?

I just want to understand all this . I have no intention of insulting anybody.

If two lesbian women got male genes from their fathers, shouldn`t that mean that they should be sexually attracted to women that do not carry a male gene instead of each other ?
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0 #19 Betty Long Cap 2014-02-06 18:09
Betty Nalubega, a female (XX) inherits an X chromosome from each parent. She cannot inherit the Y chromosome from her father; only males (XY) do. 85% of lesbians are bisexual.

Sex is quickly learned behavior. Once learned, a person never forgets.
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0 #20 Betty Long Cap 2014-02-06 18:21
Quoting Betty Nalubega:
I know that some racist scientists have argued that we black people are born with low IQ. Another study from another racist scientist "confirmed" that black men come with a "rape gene".


Betty Nalubega, pseudo science long attempted to prove the black man's brain was inferior in order to justify racial slavery. How we whites deceived ourselves to thinking we were the Master Race is beyond conscience and reason.

The rape gene is an attempt to prove the black man is morally inferior to the white man. Who fools whom?
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