Bearing signs that read “Obama, we want trade not homosexuality” and “Museveni, we the children thank you for saving our future,” hundreds of Ugandans marched through the streets of the capital, Kampala, in a celebration of thanksgiving for the enactment of the country’s anti-gay law, BuzzFeed reports.
President Yoweri Museveni, who attended and spoke at the rally, organized by the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU), reportedly told the crowd that he would continue to defend the Anti-Homosexuality Act in defiance of international condemnation and pressure — in the form of aid withdrawal or re-routing — to repeal the measure.
Museveni also condemned oral sex as “idiocy” and urged march participants not to be “ruined by foreign things,” the report notes.
Various speakers praised the Ugandan president for having the courage to assent to the anti-gay measure, comparing his stance to the fight against colonialism.
BuzzFeed also reports that the event took place in the context of a number of attempts by Museveni to shore up his leadership in anticipation of presidential elections, which are two years away.