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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.

Comments

 
-3 #31 Joe 2014-02-25 00:29
Please USA,Britain and the rest, why dont you take in all the gay people from Uganda and ease their pain! Dont cut aid because you will use it to leverage other things.

Just take them enjoy them celebrate them! It is a win-win situation for you and Uganda. For imposters, just put one of your good guys to sample the asylum seekers,they will tell you who is gay and who aint.
 
 
-1 #32 denzil 2014-02-25 07:58
Naye Mzee YKM ahaaaaaaaaaaaaa a........! He had to parade the Ugandan scientists who concluded that homosexuality wasn’t generic. Interesting disclaimer and that really smart, ha!
 
 
-2 #33 denzil 2014-02-25 08:52
Well done Mr. M7 even when you put a disclaimer by parading the scientists. I hope you will not use this to cling on Ugandans like a tick especially after 30 years.

We now want a leader who can give Ugandans hope through restoration of term limits, rule of law, functional health, Agricultural and education sectors, better roads and job creation for University graduates.

For me these are the most immediate problems facing Ugandans. For the bum shafters, go straight to red hot hell, keep your aid money for pampers after bursting your rear.
 
 
+4 #34 patricia 2014-02-25 09:42
Does anybody know that Abortion is illegal in Uganda. how many people are killed by botched abortions every year and how many are in jail for performing them?

Prostitution is also illegal in Uganda but i have seen prostitutes being paraded in Police stations after fleecing their clients and they only get charged with theft but not the vice!

Knowing the Dictator , i know he has signed this bill into law and he will probably use it to frame and imprison opponents like he routinely uses the treason charges, he will now use homosexuality as the next weapon for silencing dissent!
The Dictator never does anything that does not directly benefit his Life Presidency.
 
 
-3 #35 mwesigetimothy 2014-02-25 10:32
Historically Africans are not gays, this is enough to show that Africans in noway have any interest in the gay society [they are jst being recruited into it]..by promising them heaven and earth so that they become gays.."we have rights to determine our destiny as Ugandans and as Africans"..FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY...
 
 
-2 #36 eddy 2014-02-25 11:18
Kasimire is or is acting like another infidel.

Your attempt to sway away from the issue under debate only confirms he is another sorry fagot.
Credit should be given where it is due
 
 
+3 #37 Paul 2014-02-25 12:26
It is so sad to see people getting very excited at "side issues." There are far more important issues we should be dealing with than homosexuality.

Will this law bring food to the table, medicine to hospitals, education to all, etc?
 
 
0 #38 wodgot 2014-02-25 12:56
Remase, you need to understand the distinctions between sexuality, sex and gender before you display your ignorance on homosexuality.

Sexuality is a natural preference towards intercourse which can be homosexuality, heterosexuality or Bi-sexuality.
Sex is just a mere outlook a person may be born with and doesn't necessarily dictate his or her sexuality.

Gender is the way one identifies himself/ herself, regardless of anatomy. One can look a girl but may consider himself a boy and that is what the legal system in Uganda doesn't respect.
 
 
-1 #39 Betty Nalubega 2014-02-25 16:08
Wodgot ,
you said that gender is the way one identifies himself/ herself, regardless of anatomy. You added that this what the legal system in Uganda doesn`t respect.

Is this why some countries are now suggesting that "HE" and "SHE" should be replaced by a new pronoun ?
 
 
+3 #40 Yusuf 2014-02-25 17:59
The law should have made it illegal for anyone who uses force in a sexual encounter involving an unwilling person (man or woman), a disabled and minor children.

I don't see anything wrong if two adults agree to have sex with each other (men or women). Some argue that homosexuality is un-African. However, is driving cars, wearing suits, flying in aeroplanes, etc African culture? But we do these things without blinking.
 
 
0 #41 Indedy 2014-02-25 23:20
Quoting Paul:
It is so sad to see people getting very excited at "side issues." There are far more important issues we should be dealing with than homosexuality.

Will this law bring food to the table, medicine to hospitals, education to all, etc?


On the contrary, it will cost an absolute fortune to administrate and will allow the government into your own bedrooms
 
 
0 #42 Tupakavelli 2014-02-26 11:21
Quoting rextrek:
...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

THINK YOU ARE JUST DISILLUSIONED
 
 
-1 #43 Tupakavelli 2014-02-26 11:30
The problem has always been bowing to western pressure and our leaders end up doing wrong things cause they benefit them why not come out this strongly against the corrupt yet you can do anything even defy obama but all the same CONGRATULATIONS you just made me proud to be called UGANDAN well done BOSS
 
 
-1 #44 apatchy 2014-02-26 13:06
follow us
http://www.fapa.bu.edu.eg/en/
 
 
0 #45 Humless 2014-02-27 11:45
MY GOD FORGIVE ME FOR WHAT IM ABOUT TO SAY.
PLEASE MAY YOU BURN ALL THESE SO CALLED SERVANTS OF YOURS-THE BISHOPS AND SOME PASTORS WHO ARE FOR HOMOSEXUALITY A VICE YOU HATE ALOT.SHOW THEM AS IN SODOM AND GOMORAH.

AND PLEASE LORD BLESS ANYONE WHO HATES WHAT YOU HATE AND PLEASE GIVE MORE WISDOM TO OUR BELOVED PRESID ENT INSTITUTE TERM LIMIT FOR HE HIMSELF KNOWS THAT OVERSTAYING ON POWER HAS MANY DISADVANTAGES THAN ADVANTAGES.FOR YOU OUR GOD AND OUR COUNYRCOUNTRY.
 

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