President Yoweri Museveni has lashed out at foreign powers over what he says is their continued attempt to impose homosexuality onto Ugandans and other Africans.
The president described that as intolerance and lack of respect for Africa’s identity by foreign powers, saying that sometimes breeds conflict.
“I want to congratulate our Ugandan [religious] leaders for rejecting homosexuality. These Europeans have a problem, they want to turn abnormality into normality and force it on others. We shouldn’t normalize homosexuality,” said Museveni while speaking in commemoration of Janani Luwum Day in Kitgum.
Museveni’s comments came after Archbishop Samuel Kazimba Mugalu called for the return of the anti-homosexuality law.
Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, despite a 2016 court ruling that found the 2014 Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act invalid on procedural grounds.
The Penal Code Act still categorizes homosexuality as a crime against morality. Uganda’s anti-gay law includes life sentences for gay sex and same-sex marriage.
Last week, the Church of Uganda (COU) announced that it had started the process to break away from the Church of England after its decision to support same-sex marriages.
Kaziimba said that they can’t walk in the same direction as those who have gone astray.
Last month, Anita Among, the speaker of parliament, directed the Education Committee to investigate schools suspected of encouraging LGBTQ rights.
This was after a section of MPs accused some schools of super-spreading the vice.