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Africa: The World Responds to Uganda's Anti-Gay Law. Africa, Not So Much.

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Uganda’s inadequate road infrastructure has been blamed from the increased traffic congestion in the country, especially in the capital, Kampala

With a stroke of a pen, President Yoweri Museveni made it even more illegal to be gay in Uganda. And don't even think about "promoting homosexuality", whatever that might mean.

Condemnation of the harsh new measures from western leaders has been swift and categorical. From African leaders, on the other hand, there's been an ominous silence.

On Monday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni struck a blow for "African morality" against the "social imperialism" promoted by the West.

After months of wrangling, and in defiance of intense international pressure, Museveni finally signed the notorious anti-gay bill into law - a decision which he maintains will rid his country of "un-African" homosexual behaviour.

He's got science on his side. Well, Ugandan science. According to a report specially commissioned by the president, homosexuality is not genetic.

Therefore, it is a choice - a choice that can be un-chosen, apparently. "We reject the notion that somebody can be homosexual by choice; that a man can choose to love a fellow man; that sexual orientation is a matter of choice," Museveni said. "They should rehabilitate themselves and society should assist them to do so."

This, then, is Museveni's plan to rehabilitate Uganda's homosexuals: ...

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