The Monitor (Kampala)

4 June 2010

Uganda: Opposed to Homosexuality - Museveni

President Museveni yesterday said Ugandans are opposed to homosexuality because it is not part of African culture.

Speaking to Christians who gathered to mark the Uganda Martyrs Day at the Anglican shrine in Nakiyanja, President Museveni castigated Europeans for imposing what he called western culture onto African countries.

"Europeans are putting us under pressure because of homosexuality. They think we are against it because of our religious background but even before religion was introduced in the country, we were against homosexuality and any form of sexual abuse," the President said.

The Martyrs Day is celebrated annually on June 3 in memory of 30 martyrs who died for their faith on the orders of Ssekabaka Mwanga 11 after they refused to denounce the Christian faith.

"The church in Africa is very strong and has been at the fore in fighting homosexuality and moral decadence. We must look for modern ways of instilling discipline in society. The Europeans are finished and if we follow their western culture, we shall be headed for Sodom and Gomorrah (the two places which God destroyed because of sexuality)," he said

Money for shrine

The President pledged Shs100million towards the improvement of the shrine

He also challenged the priests to sensitise Christians on how they can bring up their children in a better way.

The bishop of Harare, Dr Chad Gandiya, who was the guest preacher called on believers to use the Martyrs Day to recommit themselves to Jesus and follow the truth.

"People turn the wicked into good and what is surprising they confuse the right with the wrong. This has destroyed the morals in the young population," Bishop Gandiya said.

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Luke Orombi called on Christians to emulate the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their faith.

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