By HOMELAND MEDIA TEAM
President Museveni recently made a comment on the issue of homosexuality during his State Visit to South Africa. In response to a question by South African journalists, Museveni stated that homosexuals would not be a major concern for Uganda and its people if they did not try to force their lifestyle upon everyone else.
“Nobody concentrates so much on homosexuals, nobody is hunting them, but because they come and want to come and force us to say homosexuality oyee, that is how you get a backlash,” Museveni said.
He believes that Western countries are insufferable and trying to impose their ideas on Uganda, causing a backlash.
Museveni is not the only Ugandan leader who has expressed concern about homosexuality. At a recent prayer service held in parliament and attended by several religious leaders, Speaker of Parliament Anita Among expressed appreciation for the contributions made by Western countries and donors to the country’s social and economic development.
However, she also expressed concerns about the negative impact on morals and culture, stating that while they appreciate the support, they do not need the money and would rather maintain their own cultural values.
Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa attended the African Caribbean and Pacific-European Union summit and criticized the Contonou Agreement for promoting homosexuality and abortion, which he believes are incompatible with Ugandan society.
According to Tayebwa, the agreement contains hidden clauses that promote homosexuality and abortion, which Uganda will vehemently oppose. He believes that the institution of the family is essential to African culture and opposes the EU’s demands for Uganda to adopt certain values.
“We have discovered that with the Post Cotonou agreement, there are hidden clauses concerning human rights. Clauses to do with sexuality, promotion of LGBT/homosexuality and clauses to do with abortion,” he said.
“We are a society that is not ready for homosexuality and we are a society that is not ready for abortion. As Africa, we believe that the institution of the family is at the core of whatever we are doing,” Tayebwa said adding that, ’the EU is demanding that we take a certain root, they should also know the character of our society.
The issue of homosexuality is a contentious topic in Uganda, with some leaders believing that it is incompatible with the country’s cultural values. While Western countries and donors are appreciated for their contributions to social and economic development, there is a concern that their support may come at the cost of the country’s moral and cultural values.
Ultimately, the debate over homosexuality in Uganda is likely to continue as the country navigates its way through the tension between tradition and modernity.