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Cable sobre la preparación de una ley de prohibición de la homosexualidad en Uganda

ID: 245885
Date: 2010-01-28 05:10:00
Origin: 10KAMPALA45
Source: Embassy Kampala
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Dunno: 09KAMPALA1276
Destination: VZCZCXRO0135
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TAGS: PHUM, PREL, PGOV, UG
SUBJECT: UGANDA: AMBASSADOR CREDENTIALED; GETS EARFUL ON
ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL

REF: 09 KAMPALA 01276

CLASSIFIED BY: Aaron Sampson, Pol/Econ Chief; REASON: 1.4(B), (D)

1.(C) Summary: After four months in-country, Ambassador Lanier
presented his credentials to President Museveni on January 24. In
the meeting that followed, Museveni spoke only of Uganda's draft
anti-homosexuality bill. Museveni said that the bill's provisions
condemning consenting homosexual adults to life imprisonment or
death are "unacceptable," and that the bill will be significantly
amended or perhaps shelved completely. The President stressed that
he is handling the issue and urged the U.S. to give him space to
deal with the legislation internally. Museveni's comments echoed
those of Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa, who told the Ambassador on
January 21 that the bill will likely "die a natural death." End
Summary.
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Museveni Comments on Anti-Homosexuality Bill

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2. (C) Ambassador Lanier was credentialed on January 24 along with
recently arrived Ambassadors from Belgium, Rwanda, Iran, and
Algeria. Museveni and Investment Minister Aston Kajara received the
Ambassador's letter of credence at State House. In the meeting
that followed, Museveni spoke of one topic only: Uganda's draft
anti-homosexuality bill. Museveni seemed to be talking to his own
people as much as to Ambassador Lanier when explaining his views on
the legislation and confirming that he is in control of the
situation. Museveni spent a considerable amount of time commenting
on cultural differences between the West and Africa and said that
Africans do not regard homosexuality as a human rights issue.
Museveni appeared to feign ignorance of the bill's most offensive
provisions - particularly the death penalty and imprisonment for
not reporting homosexuals to authorities - after they were
highlighted by the Ambassador and confirmed by Minister Kajara.



3. (C) Museveni made it clear that Uganda will not further
criminalize homosexual sex between consenting adults and that the
provision on reporting homosexuals to authorities would also not go
through. He suggested the entire bill could be dropped, and twice
asked the Ambassador to remind Washington that "someone in Uganda",
meaning himself, is handling the matter and knows what he is doing.
He also emphasized that Uganda's main concern is alleged advocacy
and recruitment of homosexuals, and that homosexuality between
consenting adults has previously been quietly tolerated in Uganda.



4. (C) The President twice referred to a recent local political
cartoon depicting him on this issue as a puppet of Secretary
Clinton, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and Stephen Harper, and asked
international donors to stand down to give him room to deal with
the anti-homosexuality legislation in his own way. On the way out
of the meeting, and in the presence of the Ambassador and Foreign
Minster Kutesa only, Museveni directed Kutesa to arrange a private
meeting with the Ambassador in February to further discuss the
anti-homosexuality bill.



5. (C) Museveni's comments expand on those made on January 21 by
Foreign Minister Kutesa, who told the Ambassador that Cabinet
discussed the legislation on January 20 and that some members, like
Kajara, pushed to withdraw the bill while others led by Ethics
Minister Buturo advocated for a watered down version. Kutesa
described the bill's author, David Bahati, as "bent" on pushing the
bill through Parliament, and said Cabinet created a sub-committee
chaired by the Attorney General to review the legislation and
formulate a government position. Kutesa said "our position is that
it will die a natural death."



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Comment: Giving Museveni Space

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6. (C) The President's message for the U.S. and other donors could
not be clearer: tone down public statements against the bill to
give Museveni the political space he needs to kill the legislation
in his own way. The President indicated that statements of
condemnation from the international community are rendering this
task more difficult by fueling the anti-imperialist rhetoric of
those pushing the bill, and that if the international community
forces his hand, he will side with the vast majority of Ugandans
who favor the bill without necessarily understanding its
implications.
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