Saturday, 15 February 2014
A misconception by Ugandan Scientists about Homosexuality and genetics
This is what the so called scientists came up as an academic research findings about the being of homosexuality, its on this basis that they are urgung the president of Uganda Museveni to sign into law the Anti- Homosexuality Bill that was passed by the partliament last December 2013.
As LGBTI our resolve to be what we are shall never diminish, we shall continue to strive for the fundamental rights and our freedoms in Uganda and elsewhere - William
PRESENTATION BY A TEAM OF SCIENTISTS FROM MOH AND MAKERERE UNIVERSITY ON HOMOSEXUALITY AND GENETICS IN HUMANS
A Ministerial Committee comprising of scientists from MOH and Makerere University was set up to study homosexuality and genetics in human beings and advise the President and the NRM Caucus on the subject of homosexuality. The committee comprised of; -
Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng - Director General of Health Services -
Dr. Isaac Ezati – Director Planning and Development at MOH -
Dr. Jacinto Amandua – Commissioner Clinical Services -
Dr. Sheila Ndyanabang – Head, Mental Health Desk -
Prof. Seggane Musisi – Professor of Psychiatry at Makerere -
Assoc. Prof. Eugene Kinyanda – Senior Research Scientist, Medical Research Council -
Dr. David Basangwa – Director, Butabika Hospital -
Dr. Sylvester Onzivua – Senior Pathologist, Mulago Hospital -
Dr. Misaki Wayengera – Geneticist, Makerere -
Dr. Paul Bangirana – Clinical Psychologist, Makerere
Prof. Wilson Byarugaba – Rtd. Professor and former Head of Human and Molecular Genetics, Dept of Pathology, Makerere Two medical Parliamentarians names; Dr. Chris Baryomunsi and Dr. Medard Bitekerezo also presented a report whose findings and conclusions concurred with that of the Ministerial Committee.
The following were their observations;
1. There is no definitive gene responsible for homosexuality.
2. Homosexuality is not a disease but merely an abnormal behavior which may be learned through experiences in life.
3. In every society, there is a small number of people with homosexuality tendencies.
4. Homosexuality can be influenced by environmental factors e.g. culture, religion and peer pressure among others.
5. The practice needs regulation like any other human behavior especially to protect the vulnerable.
6. There is need for further studies to address sexuality in the African context. Presidential Advisor on Science Dr. Richard Tushemereirwe stated that homosexuality has serious Public Health consequences and should therefore not be tolerated. H.E. the President then made it clear that his work was done and that all he needed was for the Scientists to sign the paper they presented since it would be a historical document forming basis for the signing of the Bill. H.E. also declared that he would sign the Bill since the question of whether one can be born a homosexual or not had been answered. The President emphasized that Promoters, exhibitionists and those who practice homosexuality for Mercenary reasons will not be tolerated and will therefore be dealt with harshly.
Hon. Anite Evelyn
NRM Caucus Spokes person