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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+1 #21 4ABetterUganda 2014-02-06 19:23
Quoting Betty Nalubega:
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 ?


Judging from where you are at the moment, you are unlikely to ever get anywhere with this genetics stuff into which you are now wandering.

I would go for easier stuff like human rights if I were you: born or made, adults should be free to be who they are.

If you cannot understand something as simple as that, how do you expect to understand hard things like genetics?
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-1 #22 Betty Long Cap 2014-02-06 20:14
Quoting 4ABetterUganda:
I would go for easier stuff like human rights if I were you: born or made, adults should be free to be who they are.


PURE POPPYCOCK from a gay activist who wants to decriminalize sodomy. Morality is impossible for the carnal mind to understand.
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0 #23 Nelly 2014-02-06 20:31
Some of us have stopped posting comments out here, because The Observer most of the time only publish sallow views for entertainment purposes and only from the usual readers.

Well, Museveni is a very calculating man and can always contradict himself and do anything to remain in power. He knows what the consequences of signing that bill will be from his backers from the Western World, because of the recent outcry.

On the other hand he wants also to keep his supporters in check for the 2016 elections. He may just wait until after 2016 and sign the bill, or even come out with a new similar bill. We can bet on that!
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+1 #24 Nelly 2014-02-06 20:39
To those so called scientists, why not publish a paper on your findings and present it to the international community of scientists to evaluate.

May be you two could win the Nobel Prize in Medicine and be in Sweden to receive the award this December.
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+1 #25 4ABetterUganda 2014-02-06 23:03
Quoting Betty Long Cap:
Quoting 4ABetterUganda:
I would go for easier stuff like human rights if I were you: born or made, adults should be free to be who they are.


PURE POPPYCOCK from a gay activist who wants to decriminalize sodomy. Morality is impossible for the carnal mind to understand.


@Betty Long Cap, that's a desperate attempt to pre-empt a debate that will surely come. It will not be to decriminalize "sodomy". It will be to drop all "sodomy" laws, new and old.

Sodomy laws were created, and are usually enforced, to please the "carnal minds" of a minority "POPPYCOCK-Y", anti-gay, shoddy Christians.

Sodomy itself is not an objective act. The poppycock hypocrites deliberately use the word, in reference to homosexuality, as a trick to cause confusion between legitimate and illegitimate sexual activity.

But only peasants get confused, you know.
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0 #26 Betty Long Cap 2014-02-07 00:25
Quoting 4ABetterUganda:
Sodomy laws were created, and are usually enforced, to please the "carnal minds" of a minority "POPPYCOCK-Y", anti-gay, shoddy Christians.


Repeal sodomy laws and then legalize same-sex marriages, approve gay adoption of orphans, require teaching of homosexual lifestyle in schools, allow gay pride parades, ordain homosexuals and lesbians, make Kampala a gay tourist destination, build bathhouses for the influx of gays. No holes barred.

A Better Uganda? hardly.
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+1 #27 Lakwena 2014-02-07 07:54
Quoting 4ABetterUganda:
@Betty Long Cap, that's a desperate attempt to pre-empt a debate that will surely come. It will not be to decriminalize "sodomy". It will be to drop all "sodomy" laws, new and old.

... Sodomy laws were created, and are usually enforced, to please the "carnal minds" of a minority "POPPYCOCK-Y", anti-gay, shoddy Christians. ..


4ABetterUganda, in other words, homosexuality is for a better Ugandans, because the gays of the world are now in the majority and Christians in the minority.

What a success story 4ABetterUganda!

But morality aside; posteriori (after the facts) sodomy is an irrational sexual behavior, which is why it does not only dehumanize the practitioners, but violently destroys the behind of the victims for good.

They suffer from diarrhea syndrome and walk like ducks.
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