Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has accused the West of double standards for criminalising polygamy whilst approving of homosexuality.
“In the West they criminalise polygamy by law, while in Africa it is, and has always been, part of our way of life. Yet we do not complain. When we legislate [against] homosexuality, in response to the western sponsored non-governmental organisations vis-a-vis traditional values, we are threatened with sanctions. This is contempt,” Mr Museveni said yesterday at the Pan-African Parliament 10-year anniversary celebrations in South Africa.
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliament (ACP), which represents African nations, this week criticised the European Parliament’s decision to recommend sanctions against Uganda and Nigeria for recently strengthening laws against same-sex sexual activity.
Anyone who enters into a same-sex marriage or civil union may be jailed for up to 14 years
The law calls for repeat offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in prison and makes it a criminal offence not to report someone for being gay.