Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Museveni Speaks

Yoweri Museveni, president of Uganda, has sent mixed messages on LGBT rights.
President Yoweri Museveni

Now this is worthy of front page news:

He's been busy telling a group of representatives from the Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights that although gay people are sexual deviants, the police will probably try and investigate hate crimes against them. 

Well, better than a kick in the teeth, but not much more useful.

What's slightly more disturbing is that he went on to say:

...there is no discrimination, no killings, no marginalization [of gay people] in Uganda.

Questionable delusions of grandeur there, Mr. President. Just because you say something is so, does not make it so. In this instance, it just makes it look as though you're out of touch with the reality of your people.

“In our society, there were a few homosexuals. There was no persecution, no killings and no marginalization of these people but they were regarded as deviants. Sex among Africans including heterosexuals is confidential,” Mr Museveni said.

Fair enough. But that is no longer the case. Just because you believe the public debate to be 'misplaced' or 'distorted' doesn't meant that debate will not take place.

Time to decide what your legacy will be. Whether you will be remembered as a tyrant, or as a champion of human rights.

Your choice.

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