Uganda’s Muslim community has praised president Museveni’s decision to sign the controversial anti-homosexuality bill into law.
In a statement issued Tuesday and signed by Haji Nsereko Mutumba, the Public Relations Officer of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, president Museveni has been commended for proving once again that he is a leader who has his country and people at heart.
The statement adds “It takes a courageous leader to defy all the western powers who have gone as far as threatening to cut off aid to Uganda incase the president signs the anti-gay bill.”
Last Friday, president Yoweri Museveni told legislators of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party at their retreat in Kyankwanzi that he will sign the Anti-homosexuality bill into law.
Early this week, US President Barrack Obama said the bill that President Yoweri Museveni has pledged to sign will mark a “step backward” for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on the country’s commitment to protect the human rights of its people.
Below is the full statement from the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council;
The President’s Decision to Sign the Anti-Gay Bill is Very welcome. I would like to commend President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for his decision to sign the anti-gay bill. Once again, he has proved that he is a leader who has his country and his people at heart.
Since the passing of the bill by the parliament of Uganda, the President has been under a lot of pressure from the promoters of the homosexuality act around the world but despite the numerous threats he received, he put morality first.It takes a courageous leader to defy all the western powers who have gone as far a threatening to cut off aid to Uganda incase the president signs the anti-gay bill.
It is now the duty of all Ugandans to rally behind the President because the coming days, weeks, months and years may not be easy for the country.Let us unite behind our leader, abide by the laws, fight corruption, give our children relevant skills, work hard and accumulate enough wealth that will make us economically more independent and therefore less dependent on aid from the western world.
I would also like to commend His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje and other religious leaders who openly and consistently supported the anti-gay bill and encouraged the President to sign instead of bowing to pressure from the promoters of homosexuality.
I cannot forget to commend our Parliament under the leadership of the Rt. Hon. Speaker Rebecca Kadaga for passing this very important bill.
I also thank the NRM Parliamentarians who attended the recent workshop in Kyankwanzi for giving our President the last bit of courage he needed to sign the anti-gay bill into law.
This, however, does not mean that homosexuality is now finished. The anti-gay law will only strengthen the fight against this foreign and inhuman act. The struggle continues because with this development, the so called gay activists are going to descend on Uganda with all their resources and try to turn our country into a homosexuality hub in Africa. We should therefore be on the alert and ready to fight and defeat these perpetrators of homosexuality.
If we do not act now, our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will not be safe and this will put the future of this country in jeopardy.Those who have read and still remember what happened to Sodomy and Gomora and those who believe in the true teachings of God as well as those who understand and respect nature should know what I am talking about.
Thank you very much President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for showing leadership.
For God and my country
Haji Nsereko Mutumba
Public Relations Officer
Uganda Muslim Supreme Council