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Museveni delays signing anti-gay law

President Museveni has challenged scientists to advise whether one is born gay or acquires it voluntarily.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Picture: GCIS

PRETORIA - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has delayed signing into law a bill providing for life imprisonment for homosexuals.

He has challenged American scientists to advise whether one is born gay or acquires this voluntarily.

Being gay is illegal in Uganda as it is in 36 other African countries.

Tougher legislation providing for life sentences for homosexuals is a vote winner for Museveni who has popularity issues.

His Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo was applauded for calling gays "the beats of the forest."

But the new law could cost Uganda vital foreign aid, $400 million a year from the United States of America alone.

So Museveni has done a U-turn on signing the tough ant-gay law until he has heard from U.S scientists.