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President Museveni of Uganda has accused Western nations of forcing homosexuality and LGBTI rights onto Africans while accepting a global peace prize.

Museveni’s comments which were made during the 2018 Global Peace Leadership Conference in Kampala, have shocked many human rights and LGBTI activists, leaving many questioning how such comments can be made by an individual accepting such an award.

Speaking during the opening of the event which was hosted by the religious-based Global Peace Foundation, Museveni chuckled to himself when addressing the audience on the topic of LGBTI equality.

Similarly to other leaders in Africa, Museveni appeared to equate international pressure to protect the basic human rights of LGBTI Africans with promoting homosexuality.

“Africans here, we know a few people who are ‘rumoured’ to be homosexuals, even in history we had some few being rumoured, but you cannot stand up here and say ‘I am a homosexual.’ People will not like it,” he told the crowd with a smile.

“So whenever we talk to our partners in other parts of the world, we say, please that’s a private matter, you leave it. But no, they want to impose it on you… that I should stand up and say, ‘oh yeah, homosexuals, oh yeah.”

Responding with laughter, and cheers, the audience applauded Museveni, who has been president of Uganda since 1986.

The Global Peace Foundation describes itself on its website as “an international non-sectarian, non-partisan, nonprofit organisation, which promotes an innovative, values-based approach to peacebuilding, guided by the vision of One Family under God.”

The Global Peace Foundation also claims that its principles include that “all people have intrinsic value, dignity, and fundamental rights,” principles that are in stark contrast to Museveni’s values and beliefs.

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