Museveni defends Africa stance on gay love

2014-03-19 12:54
(Ben Curtis, AP)

(Ben Curtis, AP)

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Cape Town – Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni says attempts are being made to attack core African values, according to a report.

Museveni said this while defending Africa's stance on gay love during celebrations held in South Africa to mark 10 years of the Pan African Parliament, said the New Era.

In February, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a series of bills banning the promotion of homosexuality and making it mandatory to report gays, in a country where they can face life-time imprisonment.

In reaction to the Ugandan stance, European nations, namely Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden, immediately threatened to freeze their aid to the east African country.

According to the report, Museveni expressed concern over the West's reaction, saying "this is contempt".

"In the West they criminalise polygamy by law, while in Africa it is, and has always been, part of our way of life. Yet we do not complain," Museveni was quoted as saying.

He said Africa was being threatened with sanctions for legislating homosexuality.

Museveni urged African governments to be strong enough to prevent Western countries from intervening in their national and continental affairs.
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