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Uganda’s Museveni defends anti-LGBTQ law amid aid cut threats

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has defended signing an anti-LGBTQ law that seeks to further restrict persons from the LGBTQ community.

The law is one of the world’s harshest and allows for death penalty for persons considered serial offenders.

It also imposes a life sentence for same-sex intercourse and a 20-year sentence for promotion of homosexuality.

Museveni who was speaking for the first time since he signed the bill into law has spoken harshly about the LGBTQ community members in the past.

When he signed the bill, it triggered widespread Western criticism including threats by U.S. President Joe Biden and others to cut aid to Uganda and impose other sanctions.

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“The signing is finished, nobody will move us,” Museveni said when he met lawmakers from his National Resistance Movement party.

A statement issued by his office late on Wednesday said Museveni told his party’s lawmakers that before signing the law he had consulted widely.

“The problem is that, yes, you are disoriented. You have got a problem to yourself. Now, don’t try to recruit others. If you try to recruit people into a disorientation, then we go for you. We punish you,” he said.

“But secondly, if you violently grab some children and you rape them and so on and so forth, we kill you. And that one I totally support, and I will support.”

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