Kampala. President Museveni has said he will only sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill after scientists have proved to him that it is a normal behaviour.
Sources in the NRM Caucus meeting on Friday told Sunday Monitor that Mr Museveni agreed with the MPs that people who promote and recruit others into homosexuality should be prosecuted.
The Bill was passed in December, but awaits the president’s signature before it becomes law. However, the president wrote to the Speaker of Parliament, expressing disappointment over what he called “elements who insisted and passed the Bill even without quorum of Parliament”.
In his recent letter to the Speaker, Mr Museveni argued that homosexuality is an abnormality and those practising it can be helped out of it through “economic empowerment.”
A source who attended the Friday meeting said MPs urged the president to sign the Bill. Dr Medard Bitekyerezo, MP for Mbarara Municipality, informed the president that nobody is born a homosexual, but the behaviour is only acquired through training. “Homosexuality is not genetically transmitted. It is a behavioural deviation but on the negative side,” Dr Betekyerezo reportedly said.
Dr Chris Baryomunsi (Kinkizi East) said: “The president wanted the science which we gave him and he agreed with us that recruiters and promoters should be dealt with accordingly. We told him that homosexuality started as a result of adventurism.” Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi is said to have told the meeting that there was no need for a new law since homosexuality is catered for under the Penal Code Act
. This appears to contradict the president’s official legal adviser, the Attorney General, who wrote to Mr Museveni, saying sections in the Anti-Homosexuality Bill are not covered in the existing laws.
Sources said the president also confirmed that he had been contacted by South Africa’s retired archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights not to sign the Bill.
Several human rights groups, both local and international, have prayed the President not to sign the Bill. Under the Bill, a person found guilty of homosexuality is liable to life imprisonment in jail. The President reportedly told the MPs he won’t be intimidated.
The NRM Chief Whip, Ms Kasule Lumumba, did not pick our repeated phone calls. The caucus spokesperson, Ms Evelyne Anite, neither picked our calls nor responded to our messages.