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Anti-gay Law: US Slaps More Sanctions on Uganda

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information pills http://cmd-kenya.org/institute/wp-includes/ms-files.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a statement on Thursday night that “as President Obama has stated, http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-internal-pointers.php the Government of Uganda’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) runs counter to universal human rights and complicates our bilateral relationship.”


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This is the second round of sanctions on Uganda which maintains the anti-gay law is aimed at preserving the African traditional marriage set up and the nation’s moral fabric.


Thousands of activists, religious leaders and youth recently gathered at Kololo ceremonial grounds to praise Museveni for enacting the law, saying homosexuality is not only a problem facing Uganda but Africa.


During the same function, Museveni said the behaviour remains “unhealthy” given that homosexuals “go in a wrong address. I don’t know where they’re going.”


He said scientific research confirmed homosexuality as nurtured but not genetic behaviour thus providing substantial grounds for the signing of the anti-gay Bill.


Announcing fresh sanctions, Hayden said US announced in April a series of initial responses, and has since considered how further to “reinforce its support for human rights of all Ugandans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”


She said United is now announcing several additional steps.


“Specifically, the Department of State is taking measures to prevent entry into the United States by certain Ugandan officials involved in serious human rights abuses, including against LGBT individuals,” said Hayden without mentioning names.


“In addition, the United States will take steps, consistent with current authorities, to prevent entry into the United States by Ugandans who are found responsible for significant public corruption.”


Diplomatic sources told Chimpreports that at least two senior cabinet ministers whose names have appeared in high profile scandals are being targeted.


Hayden said US is also “discontinuing or redirecting funds for certain additional programs involving the Ugandan Police Force, Ministry of Health, and National Public Health Institute, and cancelling plans to hold a U.S. military-sponsored aviation exercise in Uganda.”


She also pointed out that, “None of these steps diminishes our commitment to providing development and humanitarian support for the Ugandan people, or our partnership with the Ugandan government to counter the murderous Lord’s Resistance Army and improve security in Africa. We will seek to advance these interests even as we continue—in Uganda and around the world—to oppose discriminatory practices and champion human rights for all.”


It remains unclear how these actions will impact on Uganda but government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo said Uganda will not accept to be “intimidated and blackmailed” by external forces.


Museveni’s thoughts


President Museveni in March moved fast to downplay the impact of donor aid suspensions, saying Uganda has enough resources for inclusive wealth creation if citizens harnessed the five factors of production and put an end to laziness.


Museveni said Uganda has been funding the construction of roads, dams (Karuma) and other public facilities without the help of donors.


The World Bank and other donor groups have since delayed aid to Uganda in the wake of the anti-homosexuality law that spells out tough penalties for aggravated homosexuality and exhibitionism.


Morality


The President warned the youth against oral sex which he described as “idiocy,” adding “it is very unhealthy and comes with throat gonorrhoea. The mouth is for eating.”


Reiterating his earlier remarks on Uganda’s sovereignty, Museveni blasted the West’s “bad manners” of “going to someone’s home to tell him what to do.”

And in a bid to inspire religious leaders to champion the fight against homosexuality, Museveni said he had teamed up with them to create fund to assist 1.5m people living with AIDS in Uganda.


This was considered a huge blow to the United States’ narrative that if it withheld its aid, 1.5 million people living with AIDS would die.


Museveni ruled out that possibility, saying “we can’t allow that to happen.”


He said if U.S is “very careless” to the extent of sacrificing lives of 1.5 million people, Uganda would immediately intervene.


The President, whose relations with U.S are known to be strained, further revealed that the not all the shs1.trillion aid from U.S to support AIDS programs is used for that purpose.


Last week, Finance Minister, Maria Kiwanuka said donors have committed US$ 1,017 million in external support for the 2014/14 financial year.


Project support constitutes US$991 million. In addition general budget support amounting to US$ 25.7 million, excluding debt relief, has been committed by bilateral Development Partners.


She, however, noted: “We recognise that even though our development needs are still substantial, Official Development Assistance (ODA) is declining worldwide.”

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