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Museveni denies there was pressure from US to strike down anti-gay bill

Museveni denies there was pressure from US to strike down anti-gay bill

Uganda president Yoweri Museveni has said the US had nothing to do with the striking down of the anti-gay bill on Friday (1 August).

Speaking at a press conference, the anti-gay leader denied the US put any pressure on him to get rid of the draconian bill.

‘I was going to Washington with the bill when it was stopped. It has nothing to do with us going to Washington,’ he told Agence France Press.

He also commented on reports circulating about countries stopping their aid to Uganda, which he also denied.

‘What has happened to Uganda now? Have you seen any catastrophe? Isn’t the economy growing?’ he said.

Museveni also sounded defiant when talking about the future of the bill, saying he can sign whatever bill he wants into law, because of the power invested in him by the people. 

‘I am sent bills,’ he said. ‘Once the bills come to me, I sign them, if I want to sign them.’

News spread throughout the world of the anti-gay bill being struck down by a court on 1 August.

The bill, which was dubbed the ‘Kill the Gays’ bill, punished homosexuality with life in prison.

Since the passing of the bill in February of this year, numerous stories and reports of the terrible treatment members of the LGBTI community have suffered because of this bill have dominated stories about Uganda.

Petitioners argued the bill was passed without a quorum, meaning it was not lawfully passed, and the judge agreed.

Kasha Jacqueline, a lesbian and human rights advocate, said: ‘FINAL JUDGEMENT: I am no longer criminal. Today we have made history for generations to come. Speak OUT now.’