Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has refused to approve a controversial bill that would have seen homosexuals jailed for life, insisting that there were better ways to cure the “abnormality”.

The anti-gay bill cruised through the Ugandan Parliament last month after its architects agreed to drop an extremely controversial death penalty clause, although the bill still held that repeat offenders should be jailed for life.

Although he has refused to sign off on the legislation, Mr. Museveni left little doubt that his homophobic outlook remained intact.

Uganda’s most prominent gay rights activist, Frank Mugisha, told AFP that the president’s decision not to endorse the bill was nevertheless “progress” and may be a sign that his stance was softening.

“The president’s view is evolving but he needs to get more scientific information,” he said. — AFP