As reported by the BBC: Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has accused Western countries of imposing gay rights on African nations as lawmakers in the country prepare to vote on an anti-LGBT bill.
The bill, introduced earlier this month, proposes tougher penalties for same-sex relations in a country where homosexuality is already illegal.
It has sparked criticism from human rights groups.
In an address to parliament on Thursday, President Museveni said Western threats of sanctions to African countries opposed to homosexuality were hypocritical because the West also has some “weird cultures”.
“Western countries should stop wasting the time of humanity by trying to impose their practices on other people,” Mr Museveni said.
“Europeans and other groups marry cousins and near relatives. Here, marrying in one’s clan is taboo. Should we impose sanctions on them for marrying relatives? This is not our job,” he added.
Mr Museveni referred to gay people deviants and urged more debate on the matter.
Under the proposed law, anyone who engages in same-sex activity or who identifies as LGBT could face up to 10 years in jail.
Western governments and aid agencies working in Uganda are routinely accused of “promoting homosexuality” in the country, and have repeatedly defended the LGBT community from attacks related to their identity.
Uganda has not prosecuted anyone for consensual same-sex acts in recent years despite strict anti-gay laws.
President Yoweri Museveni’s rare show of courage in speaking the truth to the liberal west is worthy of a high level of commendation. Why should the west always set the standards for Africa? Why should they interfere with our laws as if we do the same with theirs?
Gay rights are not in Africa’s best interests and as such should be banned in the continent because of its propensity for destruction. Why can’t the west use the same energy and financial resources it has committed to pushing the insidious gay rights to Africa to assist Africans to meet their needs and improve their quality of life as a way of making atonement for the rape of the continent through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Colonialism, and Neo-Colonialism?
A big thumbs up to Museveni!
Chief Editorial Curator