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Gays are disgusting, Museveni tells CNN

In the aftermath of his signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, President Museveni is faced with the challenge of calming the West, especially the US government, which is publicly angry.

In an interview with the American news channel CNN, soon after the Monday signing of the bill, Museveni chose to go on the offensive. Excerpts:

Many people, if they are not the majority, regard it as their right to have free choice in choosing who they love, who they want to have sex with and don’t believe that the state should get involved.

It is not the state, it is the society…    

But you signed it [Anti-Homosexuality Bill] into law...

On behalf of the society and not just a state; it was the society and that is why I would like to advise the Europeans and Western groups that this is an area which is a no-go area. If they want to do confrontation with us, this is one area they are not going to make our people buy.

Okay, they have told us, we have told them that they [Europeans and Western groups] are the ones who provoked it in the first place…

What about the equality of an individual as it is in the Western countries to have a right to choose what they want for themselves just by virtue of being human beings, they have certain human rights and one of them is to express themselves freely in the way they choose…

We cannot accept that behaving unnaturally is a human right. I was regarding it as an inborn problem…

Genetic link to the homosexuality…

That was my argument. But now our scientists have knocked that one out and once you argue that it is a notion of choice, and then you really lose the argument as far as Ugandans are concerned.

[Don’t] you think that by signing the bill you are taking Uganda backwards?

Not at all, not at all, Uganda is where it has always been; since time immemorial, Uganda has never supported homosexuals.

What is your message to Western human rights groups, to President Obama, to those gay and transgender communities?

They should respect African societies and their values; if you don’t agree, you just keep quiet, let us manage our society, they will see. If we are wrong, we shall find out by ourselves just the way we don’t interfere with yours [beliefs].

Do you personally dislike homosexuals?

Of course; they are disgusting. What sort of people are they? How can you go…? I never knew what they were doing, I have been told recently what they do is terrible, disgusting. But I was ready to ignore that if there was proof that that is the way he is born, abnormal, but now there is no proof…

Is this about politics more than morality, religion or culture because critics have said it is about 2016 [elections], this is about the elections and the majority of people in this country support what you are doing and they support anti-gay legislation?

Not at all; but why had I refused to sign the bill if that was the case? I had refused to sign it and I was not going to sign it, maybe they would have changed it for me to sign it until I was confronted by the science which I demanded from them…

But signing this bill has made you very popular more than you were and many people will vote for you because of what you have done and MPs will win many seats because of what you did today.

That was not my intention. My intention was the truth, the facts and what was good for our country and our society.

Transcribed by Deo Walusimbi.

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