Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni signed a controversial law that will see homosexuals jailed for life, and dismissed warnings from key foreign allies and donors including the United States.
Museveni said he could not understand how one could “fail to be attracted to all these beautiful women and be attracted to a man” and described in lurid detail his particular revulsion to oral sex.
“That is a really serious matter. There is something really wrong with you,” the 69-year-old said of gay men.
“Homosexuals are actually mercenaries. They are heterosexual people but because of money they say they are homosexuals. These are prostitutes because of money,” he added as he approved a law that also outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and requires people to denounce gays.”
“You push the mouth there, you can come back with worms and they enter your stomach because that is a wrong address,” he said of gay oral sex.
The signing of the law came despite fierce criticism from US president Barack Obama, who has warned bilateral ties would be damaged.
The bill will provide a test for foreign donors, with Museveni warning Western nations not to meddle in his country’s affairs, and that he was not afraid of aid being cut.
“Outsiders cannot dictate to us, this is our country,” he said. “I advise friends from the West not to make this an issue, because if they make it an issue the more they will lose.” Museveni, a key African ally of the US and the EU, has already been under fire from key Western donors over alleged rampant corruption, and had been under pressure from diplomats and rights groups to block the legislation.
Museveni accused those who told Uganda how to act were guilty of “social imperialism”.
Passing the bill is likely to be popular in Uganda, where Museveni — in power for 28 years — faces reelection in 2016.
South African Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu said the law recalled sinister attempts by Nazi and apartheid regimes to “legislate against love”, while Amnesty International called the bill a “horrific expansion of state-sanctioned homophobia”.
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