The Vice President has blamed pressure from ‘some powerful people’ for homosexuality in the country.
Prof. Gilbert Bukenya made the remarks at the wedding of Apac NRM chairperson Richard Ogwang Odero and Rose Ogwang in Apac at the weekend. He said he is against homosexuality but is forced to ‘close his eyes’.
“Nobody supports man marrying man here but we have pressure because there are some outer people who marry men and they are powerful,” Prof. Bukenya said without naming the powerful people.
There has been international condemnation of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill proposed by Ndorwa West MP David Bahati.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay recently urged the government to shelve the Bill, saying it would bring the country into a direct collision with established international human rights standards aimed at preventing discrimination.
The Bill proposes the death penalty for a new offence of “aggravated homosexuality” - defined as when one of the participants is a minor, HIV-positive or a “serial offender”.