Museveni claims European gays are 'recruiting' Ugandan citizens
Speaking at the Young Achievers Awards ceremony on Saturday at the Kampala Serena Hotel, he said: "I hear European homosexuals are recruiting in Africa.
“We used to have very few homosexuals traditionally. They were not persecuted but were not encouraged either because it was clear that is not how God arranged things to be.”
According to the Daily Monitor, he added: “You should discourage your colleagues [who are gay] because God was not foolish to do the way he arranged.
"Mr and Mrs, but now you have to say Mr and Mr? What is that now?”
The premier concluded by urging his audience to say no to religious bigotry.
Museveni's words came just after human rights groups blasted Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009, which includes a section that would introduce the death penalty for the offense of aggravated homosexuality.
Uganda's Penal Code Article 145a of the Penal Code Act of 1950 already criminalizes "carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature" – a charge used to prosecute, persecute and blackmail LGBT people with the threat of life imprisonment.
America, France and the UK have already expressed concern over the bill, which would create a new crime of "aggravated homosexuality".
It would mean death or life imprisonment for those convicted of homosexuality. Those found guilty of "promoting" homosexuality would also received harsh punishments.
Makerere University Professor Dr. Sylvia Tamale put it more vivid for Ugandans: “The bill blatantly violates Uganda’s Constitution and many other regional and international instruments.
“It introduces widespread censorship and undermines fundamental freedoms such as the rights to free speech, expression, association and assembly and privacy,” she continued. “The bill confers authority on Ugandan law enforcers to arrest and charge a Ugandan citizen or permanent resident who engages in homosexual activities outside the borders of Uganda.
Read a copy of The Anti Homosexuality Bill 2009, also known as the "Bahati Bill", as it was drafted in September 2009.