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Amama Downplays Impact of Aid Delays

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buy more about http://clubebancariositape.com.br/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-render-endpoint.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The Prime Minister of Uganda, Amama Mbabazi, has assured the public that this won’t affect the country on a larger extent.


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Addressing journalists in Kampala, Mbabazi explained that the aid is a small percentage of the country’s budget which he said can’t affect service delivery.


“According to the budget that was recently read, our dependence on aid is below 20% and if they withdraw it, we won’t collapse because in 1986 when we had just come to power, there was no money but we managed to move on. They (donors) started giving us aid because they saw that we were moving forward,” he revealed.


The Premier, however, noted that stopping aid would affect the country in form of slowing service delivery and inability to implement some government programmes for some time.


“Of course, it will affect us for example the constructors who were awarded contracts to build and rehabilitate hospitals will halt their services. I assure you that we will not collapse but we shall try to engage them and discuss these issues.”


Mbabazi, therefore, made it clear that he has not got any formal communication from the World Bank and other donors about the said delay of aid to Uganda.


“I have not seen any official communication from the World Bank but some officials are talking about the $90 which is a supplement to money already given for construction and rehabilitation of district health centres. If we get it, we shall look into it but if they decide to take the money, we shall have to live on,” Mbabazi clarified.


The Premier added that government will engage donors to explain to them the contentious law so that they are conversant with all its articles which he said are not intended to violate human rights as alleged by donors.


“We will engage them (donors) to tell them our position so that they can clearly understand.”


Mbabazi’s position on the bill


The Premier further reiterated his position on the bill which was recently signed into law stressing, that he didn’t support the bill because there was already a law on the same matter in the Penal Code Act.


“Article 145 of the Penal Code Act talks about homosexuality with a maximum punishment of life imprisonment on convict. Then why would you need a new law when you had an old one. Why suffer all this because you are enacting the law? I didn’t feel it was necessary to enact another law.”


“We have not had homosexual homophobia in the past because in our culture we have formal ways of handling it. In fact, the law has been here for the last 60 years but no or few prosecutions have been done because sexuality in Africa is a private issue,” the Premier stated.


Mbabazi, therefore, stressed that it would be wrong if he continued opposing the bill which has now been passed into law adding, that its now past and nothing can change.


“It would be wrong for me to persist with my opinion which is against the majority who support the law. In fact, it was not my personal opinion but I thought it was not necessary to have another law.”

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