Kinkizi East MP Dr Chris Baryomunsi has written to President Yoweri Museveni in response to the letter that the latter wrote to Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga over the passing of the anti-gay bill.
Museveni wrote an 8-page letter to parliament criticising legislators for passing the anti-gay bill saying that it was passed without quorum and that homosexuals are abnormal persons who should be contained in society.
Baryomunsi in his letter asks Museveni where he got the bill saying that as far as he knows the bill hasn’t been sent to the President as it is still in parliament with the technical team putting together the final copy.
The MP who is also a medical doctor tells Museveni not to compare homosexuality with other abnormalities like albinism, epilepsy and barrenness saying that homosexuality is not hormonal and added that it wouldn’t be only in the western world if it was hormonal or an abnormality.
He tells the president that homosexuality has nothing to do with economic conditions as he argues in his letter saying that if that were true it would be more common in the poverty stricken Africa than in Europe. In the letter, a copy of which Uganda Radio Network has seen, Baryomunsi, who is a Parliamentary Commissioner, tells the president that his argument does not add up and that he could be talking about the bill that was introduced by Ndorwa West MP David Bahati and not the bill that the house passed on December 20, 2013.
In a letter dated December 28th, Museveni tells Kadaga of how Uganda needs to co-exist peacefully in East Africa, the Great Lakes region and the whole world. He says that laws like the anti-gay bill can’t facilitate that which is why he had advised parliament to shelve it.
He says that MPs passed the bill without quorum and questions what type of parliament it is that breaks the law repeatedly. He says that homosexuals are abnormal and asked whether society should kill instead of containing these abnormal people.
He says that some homosexuals are not born but forced into the act by circumstances saying that some especially the youth get recruited on sexual inducements and the women who are sexually starved because they haven’t found men to marry. He said these people can be rescued by finding solutions to what forces them to join homosexuality like rapidly industrialising Uganda and modernising agriculture.
The bill, which was introduced in parliament in 2009, was passed on December 20, 2013 and has since attracted mixed reactions from the public.
The bill among others seeks to have anyone convicted of homosexuality imprisoned for life.