In an interview earlier this year with BBC News’ Stephen Sackur, Uganda’s president, Mr. Yoweri Museveni, stated several times that his country believes that homosexuals should keep their lives confidential and not impose their “lifestyles” on others. Specially Museveni argued that unlike Western Europe, he and his country will not support the “promotion of homosexuality.”
As Uganda’s legislature explores the possibility of authorizing life-sentences for homosexuals, Museveni doesn’t seem too concerned about punishing homosexuality or the globally criticized incident of a Ugandan gay activist being murdered in the past year. Responding to inquiries about these travesties in a sort of matter of fact way while underscoring the notion that homosexuality is to be kept private and ignored, Museveni seemed a bit out of touch with the reality of his country stating that he does not believe in the discrimination or marginalization of homosexuals.
The cultural perspective of Uganda, according to Museveni, seems to be that the issue of homosexuality should be a private matter, that is unless of course you are a heterosexual in a heteronormative, homophobic country that believes in killing and removing the freedom of gays and lesbians.
Whether or not he agrees with homosexuality because of his religious and political beliefs, it’s quite disgraceful that Museveni refuses to at least own the full truth about the fact that he and the legislature are in fact practicing discrimination, a kind of intolerance that has serious and deadly consequences for gay and lesbian Ugandans.