Museveni: “I Will First Analyze the Anti-Gay Bill”

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President Yoweri Museveni has said he will first analyze the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 before deciding on the way forward.
The Anti-gay Bill was passed a few weeks back by the Parliament of Uganda. It proposes a life sentence for certain homosexual acts.

Speaking at a wedding ceremony on Saturday in Kabale district, President Museveni said as far as his position on the anti-gay bill is concerned, he will first study the bill and then present it to the NRM caucus to map out the way forward.

“I like thinking before acting. It is not a simple matter to rush into. If the MPs’ bring the bill to me I will first analyze it, take it to the NRM caucus and see how to handle it,” Museveni said.

This comes a few days after a UK businessman, Richard Branson called on companies and tourists to boycott Uganda against approving the anti-gay bill which intends to toughen the punishment for homosexual acts.

He posted on his website saying: “It was against his conscience to support a country which carried out a “dreadful witch hunt against the gay community.”

Since the Parliament passed the Bill, various leaders all of the world and gay activists have strongly condemned Uganda for passing the bill and for infringing on the human rights and gay rights.

The US President Barack Obama called it “odious”.

“Governments must realize that people should be able to love whoever they want,” Mr Branson.

“I would urge other companies worldwide to follow suit. Uganda must reconsider or find it being ostracised by companies and tourists worldwide,” he added.

Mr Branson is the founder of Virgin Group, which has more than 400 companies worldwide, focusing mainly on travel, entertainment and telecommunications.

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