Yoweri Museveni’s ‘Jail the Gays’ Bill: What’s Behind Ugandan Homophobia?

4 Mar

Uganda has undoubtedly attracted lots of international attention lately all thanks to President Yoweri Museveni’s crackdown on homosexuals.

In fact Nigeria, Cameroon and Arizona have all distinguished themselves with overtly homophobic  legislation.

Behind the signing of Uganda’s controversial anti-gay bill lurks political subterfuge and vanity.

Museveni originally rejected the controversial bill, which sees life imprisonment for homosexual offences, saying that there were other ways to “cure” homosexuals, and life imprisonment was not the right one.

But about a month later Museveni had consulted a team of “experts” who declared homosexuality “not genetic” but a “social behaviour”. Satisfied with proof that sexual orientation was dependent on moral choices made by individuals, Museveni signed the bill amid local applause and international outrage.

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