Uganda President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday denied anti-gay discrimination exists in his country and asserted that all a proposed anti-gay bill would do is ban public kissing.

The bill, first introduced in 2009 by MP David Bahati, once called for putting repeat offenders to death under certain circumstances. The current bill would criminalize discussions of homosexuality and penalize a person who knowingly rents to a gay or lesbian person.

Museveni made his comments during an appearance on CNN's Amanpour.

Appearing via satellite, Museveni told host Amanda Amanpour that homosexuality was being imported into his country.

“Before we came in touch with the Europeans, we had some few homosexuals,” Museveni said. “I want to inform the world that those homosexuals were not killed, as some people are claiming, they were not persecuted and they were not discriminated against.”

“However, Africans are by nature discrete people. … We never exhibit our sexual acts in public,” he said, giving the example that he's never kissed his wife in public. “Therefore, the problem [is] with exhibitionism.”

“And the second problem would be trying to lure young children into homosexuality.”

When Amanpour asked if creating anti-gay sentiment was acceptable in his country, Museveni asserted: “What does the world not agree with us about? Because I have told you there is no discrimination, there is no persecution, certainly there is no killing. The only thing that is controversial, not only for homosexuals, but for all forms of sexual acts is exhibitionism. You don't kiss in public.”

Museveni also denied that gay activist David Kato's murder was a hate crime.

“He had some personal quarrels with some of his partners,” he said. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)