By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Friday, January 17, 2020.
Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni has warned foreign powers not to interfere in Uganda’s ongoing debate on sexuality adding that they interfere with the majority who do not believe in homosexual practices.
He said whereas the Western powers have resorted to promoting the rights, even when the African setting has traditional ways of interacting with those cases without criminalizing them.
“I have been advising western partners not to provoke the big majority of the society by fronting it as something that we appreciate, our laws criminalize these habits but we have been ignoring them,” Museveni said.
He also revealed that while meeting the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) Executive director, Winnie Byanyima, the previous day, he told Byanyima that the government of Uganda has been deliberate for not scrapping or reforming the laws relating to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)
“We have a cultural way of dealing with this phenomenon without hunting them down because we have always known that there are people who practice homosexuality. But some western countries now want to advertise it and force to acclaim it as an alternative way of life, which we do not accept,” Museveni further said.
The laws of Ugandan books make homosexuality illegal but efforts to make the provisions more tough with a death penalty have been suppressed by the courts.
He had formerly said that homosexuals should not be killed or persecuted but the acts of promoting their rights should be prohibited.
Museveni made these remarks during the swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed Principal Judge of the High Court of Uganda, Dr. Flavian Zeija and other three justices of the supreme court at state House in Kampala, Tuesday, January 14, 2020.