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President Museveni has this afternoon signed the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill at State House, Entebbe.

The president was in combative mood in a speech after the signing and while answering questions from journalists.  He suggested that the law was made necessary by arrogant western groups promoting a behaviour that threatens Ugandans’ “way of life”.

The signing, which was delayed by more than three hours, has been condemned internationally, but was hugely anticipated by many Ugandans.

The president, who first launched Galaxy International School at Lubowa, Entebbe road, signed the law at around 1:50pm East African time. Before signing, the president identified three categories of gay people – recruiters, exhibitionists and mercenaries.

The president suggested he could not to understand how men could fail to be attracted to Uganda’s beautiful women and, instead, get attracted to fellow men.

The president also paraded the mostly Ugandan scientists who concluded that homosexuality wasn’t generic. The signing is expected to attract more attention and reaction from human rights defenders and the Western world, who have consistently been against the president’s assent since the bill was passed by Parliament in December 2013.

Key personalities such as Bishop of York John Ssentamu and South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu criticised Uganda for passing the law.

Museveni says Uganda wants work with the West but “they cannot force us to do something which is fundamentally wrong”.

The bill will formally become law when it gets published in the Uganda Gazette. That, however, remains a formality. For Uganda’s largely anti-gay population, the most important part was the president’s signature.

MP David Bahati, the brains behind the bill, has been passionate about it, saying it is mean to protect African morality and children.

MIXED REACTION

Immediately after the signing, one Massy-Moses Kasule has suggested that “the day becomes a public holiday”.

On his Twitter account, senior journalist Bernard Tabaire suggests that blood “is on the hands of Ugandan scientists who signed off on anti-gay bill”.

Tabaire adds that Museveni “has his votes for 2016 after signing anti-gay bill into law”.

Dr Frank Mugisha posted on Twitter account: “I am officially illegal - President Museveni signs law to send me to Jail”.

E Otim tweeted that the signing had “just handed another opportunity to idle and jobless youth to, not only undress ladies but also lynch suspected gay people.

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-15 #1 joseph 2014-02-24 14:18
well done mr. President, i do not agree with you on a number of policies, but on this one , thumbs up. You have shown true caracter that you can not be bullied by the west.
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-19 #2 Muslim 2014-02-24 14:20
Great step forward. Thank you Mr. President. Now let Uganda hunt the homosexuals from every corner of Uganda and eliminate the vice at the earliest.

For God and my Country
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+25 #3 Kasimire 2014-02-24 14:41
The only thing the corrupt politicians ans MPs will consider is the cost to them personally. M7 is not the brightest bulb in the fixture but even he will only take note of the pressure from outside Uganda where it hits them in the pockets because they are all dipping that money. Looking forward to the day when certain members of that corrupt government are standing in the dock charged with crimes against humanity.
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-10 #4 General Piko 2014-02-24 15:01
Well done M7 you have kept your word we may consider you for 2016 afande after troop withdrawal from S. South Sudan
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+24 #5 True Patriot 2014-02-24 15:33
Ugandas president Museveni has been in office since 1986!!! Go figure. Like someone said blame the gays for problems in uganda. It's called scapegoating AKA witch hunting and is always used by leaders who can't possibly give another good explanation for economic/social failure because they are the ones actually responsible for it.
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+1 #6 Nick 2014-02-24 15:57
Proverbs 14:34 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
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+6 #7 rextrek 2014-02-24 16:03
...Savagery begets Savagery. it'
s Uneducated Baffoonery....Savagery with Religious Backing......its no wonder Im an atheist....so, NO Hunger in Uganda, No unemployment? ALL of Uganda's problems are solved........???? History will judge Uganda HARSHLY!!!!! You're NO better then the people who came there 100's of yrs ago, and put your people into slavery.....SAD and Pathetic
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-11 #8 HUH ! 2014-02-24 16:15
The only thing Musevenis has done right in 30 years. Why should the Western world continue to tinker with our society. We don't need to adopt their sordid behavior !
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-5 #9 kamparaa 2014-02-24 16:19
semujju nganda and the rest of our short-sighted opposition have instead also come out to support this bill. if they had any brains and knew how strongly the west and donor community feels on homosexual issues they would be out there using this signing as oppotunity to link it to m7's dictatorship and expose his impunity in international media and accelerate the already souring relations even faster.

Even if u dont agree with these homosexual things like most of us dont but politics is a dirty game and there's no ethics or rules and u use any weapon in your hand against your opponent and im sure if it was m7 handed any oppotunity he would use it against you without shame. Like dr.besigye has said, waiting 4 the 2016 elections to try run against m7 is just a waste even if u achieve all the electrol ammendments.
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-15 #10 Lakwena 2014-02-24 16:30
Hon David Bahati can congratulate himself, as he has made us proud as he also found his place in the Ugandan History.

Because they are sex extremists and arrogant according to the president; in my opinion, as soon as the act becomes law, the penalty must be immediately amended for the following reason:

Prison is already haven of homosexual. Sending them there is like throwing the tortoise into the water instead of the fire.

Since they are beastly, they will continue fooling around behind bars and terrorizing other inmates. The best solution is to castrate the homos, using veterinary method and let free.

And the lesbians should be treated to FGM, by sending them to the Sabini experts and let off the hook. In that way their extremist libido is curtailed and our children are spared the nightmare of homos stocking them.
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-6 #11 Betty Long Cap 2014-02-24 16:45
Signing the poorly written Anti-Homosexuality into law still did not get things right. Museveni is no Asa:

And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father. And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. 1 Kings 15:11-12
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-7 #12 kelem 2014-02-24 16:48
Spot on man!!
Museveni says Uganda wants work with the West but “they cannot force us to do something which is fundamentally wrong”.
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-5 #13 Juma Kato 2014-02-24 16:48
Frankly , I don`t care about the law that he has signed on. I am sure that this is not among the 50 worst things that Museveni has done in his political life But I very very happy that Obama has lost this one - for now. "Yes we can" nonsense did not work this time .To hell with Obama and his arrogancy !

Obama, Tutu&Co. must remember that Ugandans have more problems than the issue of homosexuality. They should know that a President who allows his cheer-leaders to pocket 5 million to change the law in his favour is the type of a President who will sign these kind of bills.
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-7 #14 Juma Kato 2014-02-24 16:49
Obama and the West should now accept the reality that homosexuality is not easy to sell in Africa, just as polygamy is not in USA and the West. It is not the end of the World if homosexuality is not considered a Human Right in some societies. Meanwhile , homosexuals can go on doing their thing in private as some polygamists, weed-smokers or prostitutes do in those Western cauntries where these things are forbidden by law.

Lets us move on to other more important things such as getting rid of Musevenism.
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-9 #15 Concerned 2014-02-24 16:54
Leviticus 18:22-23

When you read the book of Leviticus 18:22-23, 22 “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.

23 “A man must not defile himself by having sex with an animal. And a woman must not offer herself to a male animal to have intercourse with it. This is a perverse act.
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-9 #16 Concerned 2014-02-24 16:55
Leviticus 18:22-23

22 “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.

23 “A man must not defile himself by having sex with an animal. And a woman must not offer herself to a male animal to have intercourse with it. This is a perverse act.
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+10 #17 Clive 2014-02-24 17:00
Time to challenge this evil law in the courts,for going against UN human rights!
Very sad day for common sense!
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-10 #18 Thinker 2014-02-24 17:12
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& that is exactly I don't blame M7 for manipulating things around him & keeping him self in power. I have always imagined if Besigye was president & M7 was opposing him what M7 would do to over throw Besigye...& this is the thinking these guys have to adopt. He's just too smart for all of us & that cannot be his fault!
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-6 #19 Suma 2014-02-24 17:14
YES!! Just another one from Mzee that i have liked. You stood up to the Western world and its evils. MP Bahati, you are the man. You deserve a pat on the back.
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-7 #20 Omony John Bosco 2014-02-24 17:22
Today is a historical day that Mr. Museveni stood up to protec the the African culture where same sex marriage is unlisten. I therefore call upon the Africans to continue protecting it culture so that is not destroy by western culture. If M7 was not to sign this document i would give a new tittle as Anti Africa culture. I thank all the MP of Uganda. The next move is Independent Electoral Commssion, Presidential term limit.
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