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I have seen the statement H.E President Obama of the USA made in reaction to my statement that I was going to sign the anti-homosexual Bill, which I made at Kyankwanzi.

Before I react to H.E. Obama’s statement, let me, again, put on record my views on the issue of homo-sexuals (ebitiingwa, bisiyaga in some of our dialects).

Right from the beginning of this debate, my views were as follows:

1. I agreed with the MPs and almost all Ugandans that promotion of homosexuality in Uganda must be criminalized or rather should continue to be criminalized because the British had already done that;

2. those who agreed to become homosexuals for mercenary reasons (prostitutes) should be harshly punished as should those who paid them to be homosexual prostitutes; and

3. exhibitionism of homosexual behavior must be punished because, in this part of the World, it is forbidden to publicly exhibit any sexual conduct (kissing, etc) even for heterosexuals; if I kissed my wife of 41 years in public, I would lose elections in Uganda.

The only point I disagreed on with some of the Members of Parliament (MPs) and other Ugandans was on the persons I thought were born homosexual.  According to the casual observations, there are rare deviations in nature from the normal.  You witness cases like albinos (nyamagoye), barren women or men (enguumba), epa (breastless women) etc.  

I, therefore, thought that similarly there were people that were born with the disorientation of being attracted to the same sex.  That is why I thought that that it was wrong to punish somebody on account of being born abnormal.  That is why I refused to sign the Bill and, instead, referred it to our Party (the NRM) to debate it again.  
In the meantime, I sought for scientific opinions on this matter.  I am grateful to Ms. Kerry Kennedy of the USA who sent me opinions by scientists from the USA saying that there could be some indications that homosexuality could be congenital.  In our conference, I put these opinions to our scientists from the Department of Genetics, the School of Medicine and the Ministry of Health.  

Their unanimous conclusion was that homosexuality, contrary to my earlier thinking, was behavioural and not genetic.  It was learnt and could be unlearnt.  I told them to put their signatures to that conclusion which they did.  That is why I declared my intention to sign the Bill, which I will do.  

I have now received their signed document, which says there is no single gene that has been traced to cause homosexuality.  What I want them to clarify is whether a combination of genes can cause anybody to be homosexual.  Then my task will be finished and I will sign the Bill.

After my statement to that effect which was quoted widely around the World, I got reactions from some friends from outside Africa.  Statements like: “it is a matter of choice” or “whom they love” which President Obama repeated in his statement would be most furiously rejected by almost the entirety of our people.  

It cannot be a matter of choice for a man to behave like a woman or vice-versa.  The argument I had pushed was that there could be people who are born like that or “who they are”, according to President Obama’s statement.

I, therefore, encourage the US government to help us by working with our Scientists to study whether, indeed, there are people who are born homosexual.  When that is proved, we can review this legislation.  

I would be among those who will spearhead that effort.  That is why I had refused to sign the Bill until my premise was knocked down by the position of our Scientists.

I would like to discourage the USA government from taking the line that passing this law will “complicate our valued relationship” with the USA as President Obama said.  Countries and Societies should relate with each other on the basis of mutual respect and independence in decision making.

“Valued relationship” cannot be sustainably maintained by one Society being subservient to another society.  There are a myriad acts the societies in the West do that we frown on or even detest.  We, however, never comment on those acts or make them preconditions for working with the West.  

Africans do not seek to impose their views on anybody.  We do not want anybody to impose their views on us.  This very debate was provoked by Western groups who come to our schools and try to recruit children into homosexuality.   It is better to limit the damage rather than exacerbate it.

I thank everybody.

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+9 #1 Okello jones 2014-02-21 15:08
This is another of his tactics to divert attention from more pressings issues that needs tackling in this country

why should a president be more concern with people's sex lives than tackling Corruption, poverty and lack of medicines in hopitals.
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+3 #2 robert 2014-02-21 15:09
Now that is settled sign the bill.
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+11 #3 Nkongih lll 2014-02-21 15:09
"Valued relationships" cannot be sustainably maintained by one Society being subservient to another society ... very well put Mr. President and millions of Ugandans are definitely with you on this one!!
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-4 #4 Betty Long Cap 2014-02-21 15:12
Relations between our two countries may be complicated by Uganda's Anti Homosexuality law but they will never be severed.

I may not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
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-3 #5 Betty Long Cap 2014-02-21 15:43
Quoting Nkongih lll:
"Valued relationships" cannot be sustainably maintained by one Society being subservient to another society ... very well put Mr. President and millions of Ugandans are definitely with you on this one!!


Nkongih 111, strangely enough this outspoken critic of dictatorship joins you in qualified approval of Museveni's response to President Obama.

Obama initially wanted to leave marriage laws to the States but was overcome by pressure from multiple directions to support the gay agenda.

Now if Museveni would announce his retirement, I would join millions of Ugandans in celebration.
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+13 #6 Juma Kato 2014-02-21 16:25
This is a sensible response from Museveni. But it is not complete because he forgot to mention the fact that while the West is harrassing Africa on gay rights, it is absolutely silent on how homosexuals are treated in Saudi Arabia where USA has military bases in addiction to a very "uncomplicated relatioship".

I think that Kadaga did a better job in responding to the pressure that the Weast is heaping on Uganda. She mentioned countries where the West invests even if those countries have similar anti-gay laws like this one in question.

The greatest irony in this is that even people like me who would actually sympathize with homosexuals find ourselves getting pushed on Museveni`s side. The West is failing to show respect to Africans.

They still want to treas us like small children. As an African , I reject that much more than I reject any bad law that is made by a dictatorian regime.

To hell with Obama and his superiority complex !
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-5 #7 Kasadha 2014-02-21 16:45
That is great news for the year 2014. I greatly feel lie i have already received my bonus gift from H.E. I can't imagine how many of our beloved ones have been infected by HIV/AIDS in the course of these imported habits.

later on i can't how many people are suffering and undergoing ruthless surgeries to normalise the spoilt body systems courtesy of homosexuality habit.

Next attention to our Dear president should be paid to the Paedophilers out there like the German National that has defiled a mass of girls and used a mass of boys in Kalangala District. BRAVO SEVO
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+3 #8 Betty Long Cap 2014-02-21 16:53
Quoting Juma Kato:
To hell with Obama and his superiority complex !


ROTFL, Juma Kato. It is more than a complex; it is a fact of life.
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0 #9 Bossman 2014-02-21 17:00
Nosense
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-1 #10 David Lambert 2014-02-21 17:02
I have never seen President Museveni being more assertive. It was about time we told off our "super" friends to respect Africa's conscience.

It's one of the most precious things we still have...
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-7 #11 Ugthinker 2014-02-21 17:12
This is the very reason I will never forgive Museveni. He has for decades had the goodwill of Ugandans and chose to destroy the country, thinking right only when he feels like!

If on all matters concerning Ugandans, Mr Museveni came out boldly as he has in this rare moment of brilliance in him, Uganda would edging towards first world status.

Instead the very MUSEVEN people trusted so much has destroyed our nation beyond foreseeable repair.

The only sensible thing now ladies and gentlemen is to stop mr MUSEVEN from what he has consistently done with a passion, destroying everything in our country. For God and My Country.
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-11 #12 Remase 2014-02-21 17:25
I have repeatedly challenged the guys to come out and say that they were born gays. Let them pull out their birth certificates. I'm certain that their sex at birth was either male or female. If one chooses to become a female yet he was born as a male, that's his or her choice.

The question I have for all the gays to answer is, when one is sent to jail, and that person is a male who chose to become a female, where is he/she sent? To the female jail or to the male jail? I'm certain that he is sent to the male jail.

Why don't they fight for their rights to be put together with the female since they changed from male to female? Can Obama answer me that question as well since he is hell bent on fighting for the gays rights even in Africa where they are not appreciated. On this one, M7 is right on the money.
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-1 #13 Juma Kato 2014-02-21 19:01
Betty Long , what do you mean "it is a fact of life"?

Obama has turned out to be a weak and clueless President who has dissappointed many of us who danced when he was elected. Besides his tallent in spiced speech, there is nothing special about him.

As a son of an African polygamist father, you would expect him to think twice before preaching about "a matter of choice whom they love". Would his own father be allowed to enjoy that "right" if he lived in USA today ?

How dare he imply that Africans should be punished if they refuse to follow what USA orders ????
I think that Museveni is a cunning dictator. I dont think that homosexuals should be jailed for life . But I think that Museveni is right to reject being pressured into submission on this particular issue.
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-2 #14 Nkongih lll 2014-02-21 19:32
Totally agree with you, Betty Long Cap .. indeed it would be pretty good for Uganda if President Museveni signed the bill and then announced his retirement immediately thereafter. Come on, Mr. President, go ahead .. make our day, pleaseeee!!
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-1 #15 Kekuubo 2014-02-21 19:41
I can assure you even the USA scientists have no scientific facts there are genes that are associated with homosexuality.
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-7 #16 patricia 2014-02-21 19:47
Does this Dictator not have a pen or does he use special pens to sign bills? why all the talk? what a coward! why not just sign the bill and clam up.

This senile old Dictator talks too much crap. Talk is cheap! Just sign, stop being a drama queen
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-2 #17 wodgot 2014-02-21 19:50
Your Excellency, you have never agreed with all Ugandans on anything. Many Ugandans are already gutted with your 30 years of dictatorship and corruption.

Tell me if people of Uganda agreed with your idea of life presidency, and who told you that Britain incriminates homosexuality? For your information, you are about to go and it will be in a disgraceful way.
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-8 #18 andex 2014-02-21 20:08
you should not accept Gay it is not British didn't allow it rather because it is devilish.

Obama and some other are expanding Gay because they are ILLUMINATI, Luciferian. I hate OBAMA. he is devilish!!!!
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0 #19 robert 2014-02-21 21:04
[quote name="Juma Kato"]T
The greatest irony in this is that even people like me who would actually sympathize with homosexuals find ourselves getting pushed on Museveni`s side. The West is failing to show respect to Africans.

You are like a father who finds his son not behaving as he would like. Yells at him and tells him he made him and can kill him . A neighbour tells you that is not how to handle children.You tell him his my kid I will kill or beat him blue black if I want to.

He threatens to report you to the cops,he also tells you children to keep him updated. And you think it is rational to beat up your kids because the neigbour is stronger and has upset you.
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+10 #20 robert 2014-02-21 21:16
[quote name="Remase"]I have repeatedly challenged the guys to come out and say that they were born gays. Let them pull out their birth certificates. I'm certain that their sex at birth was either male or female.
My birth certificate does not state my gender as with many birth certificates world wide.
Does your birth certificate give your religion or tribe ?

I am a man who sleeps with men. I am not a man who wants to be woman.
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