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Uganda president 'won't even kiss wife in public

Published on Feb 22, 2014 12:25 AM

KAMPALA (AFP) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has made an impassioned defence of his decision to crack down on gays, saying his tough stance on immorality meant he would not even dare kiss his wife in public.

The statement from the president, carried by local media on Friday, was widely seen as swipe against US President Barack Obama, who has been fiercly critical of Uganda's anti-gay law and who celebrated his own re-election win with a public embrace of his wife Michelle.

Last week Museveni said he would sign into law a controversial Bill that will see homosexuals jailed for life, despite international pressure and warnings from Washington that bilateral relations would be harmed.

"Exhibitionism of homosexual behaviour must be punished because, in this part of the world, it is forbidden to publicly exhibit any sexual conduct (kissing, etc) even for heterosexuals," the president's statement said.

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