Uganda's president on Monday signed a controversial anti-gay bill that has harsh penalties for homosexual sex, saying it is needed to deter what he called the West's "social imperialism" promoting homosexuality in Africa, according to The Associated Press.
The AP reports President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill at his official residence in an event witnessed by government officials, journalists and a team of Ugandan scientists whose report —which found that there is no proven genetic basis for homosexuality — cited by Museveni as his reason for backing the bill.
"We Africans never seek to impose our view on others. If only they could let us alone," he said, talking of Western pressure not to sign the bill. "We have been disappointed for a long time by the conduct of the West. There is now an attempt at social imperialism."
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