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Museveni to Grace Anti-Gays Parade Today

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The group have organised a big festival today which will include a match from Makerere University to Kololo airstrip.


President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly confirmed attendance at the event dubbed “Uganda Pride Parade”.


The term ‘Pride parade’ is normally used by gays to refer to annual festival they hold around the world either to celebrate their successes or in protest of infringement on their freedoms.


Today’s event comes at the backdrop of last week’s announcement by USA, – which initially piled the biggest amount of pressure on Uganda when the Anti-Homosexuality Law was signed by the President in February – that no economic sanctions or aid cuts would be implemented on the country.


“We have seen several reports alleging that recent decisions by donors have directly affected services in health, agriculture, and election funding. Speaking for the United States, let us be clear; none of the announced changes in U.S. assistance affects essential care and treatment in our health services, our extensive agriculture programming, or our initiatives in democracy and governance. Nor do they hinder any other program central to our shared vision of a peaceful, prosperous, healthy, and democratic Uganda,” read a statement issued by the US Embassy on Friday.


“The American people continue to provide over $700 million in assistance to the people of Uganda annually – more than any other donor. Virtually none of this money goes to the government. It goes to our implementing partners who use it to provide direct services to the people most in need. Our commitment to support the needs of the Ugandan people remains strong, just as it has for the last fifty years.”


“We note the frequent statements from political and other leaders that the U.S. is cutting assistance to Ugandans in urgent need of health services. This is patently false. On behalf of the American people, we provide nearly eighty percent of the national HIV response in Uganda. We support the life-saving, anti-retroviral therapy (ART) of over half-a million Ugandans – over eighty percent of all citizens on ART in Uganda. There has been no other realistic source of funds for this treatment, and without it, people will die.”


Some European countries also frowned greatly at the passing of the Anti-Gay Law.


The European Parliament responded by backing sanctions against Uganda, saying the country had violated human rights and democratic principles. It also called on the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, to launch an “urgent political dialogue”.


Last week a delegation of 15 members flew in for a dialogue with Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon Sam Kutesa.


According to government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, who was in attendance, the Friday closed-door meeting ‘ended on a cordial and consensus note, with the two parties agreeing to work together.”


It also emerged in the meeting that the EU had not made a collective decision to hold back or redirect aid money from government to NGOs.

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