The president of Uganda has said that “outsiders” are trying to get people in his country to engage in oral sex.
Speaking in public, President Yoweri Museveni said the sexual act was “wrong” and not what the mouth is for.
Museveni has clamped down on LGBT people ever since taking charge of the country more than three decades ago. In 2014, he signed the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act.
The law called for repeat offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in prison and to make it a criminal offence not to report someone for being gay.
The leader also passed a law to abolish term limits for the office of president in 2005, and earlier this year ended any age limit for the role – which allows him to continue ruling indefinitely.
He continued to campaign against sexual practices he opposes in his latest controversial speech.
“Let me take this opportunity to warn our people publicly about the wrong practices indulged in and promoted by some of the outsiders,” he said.
“One of them is what they call oral sex.
“The mouth is for eating, not for sex.”
To laughs from the crowd, he added: “We know the address of sex; we know where sex is.”
We’re not sure he does, to be honest.
It remains illegal to be gay in Uganda.
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And under Museveni’s rule, police have actively targeted the LGBT community.
In 2017, Pride in Uganda was also cancelled amid threats of arrest and physical violence, while just last month police raided an LGBT film festival.
Ugandan police also raided the Mr. & Miss Pride Uganda LGBT event in 2016, arresting more than 20 people including prominent Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha.
In local media, officers claimed to have received a tip-off about a gay wedding.
Police faced allegations of brutality as trans women saod they had their female clothing and braids torn off, while there were also reports of violent conduct.
Edwin Sesange, an African LGBTI rights advocate, told PinkNews earlier this year: “While some other African countries like Gambia and Zimbabwe might be starting to realise some hope for change after getting rid of anti-LGBTI presidents, sadly LGBTI Ugandans are busy tightening their belts for a long haul presidency with Yoweri Museveni.
“Many LGBT Ugandans have suffered and witnessed the introduction of a number of severe anti-LGBTI laws during his last 32 years of presidency.
“Some Ugandans have termed this law as ‘Life presidency law,’ therefore to the LGBTI people this act takes away any ray of hope for change that they might have had.”
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