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UK Premier Threatens To Cut Uganda Aid Over Gays


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“Cameron put it clearly to Ssekandi that this is not a joke but a matter of international concern,” revealed the source who did not want to be named.

This news website a few days ago exclusively broke the story that President Yoweri Museveni had shunned the Common Wealth Meeting after being tipped of a planned humiliation for ‘condoning’ the bill.

The architect of the bill MP David Bahati insists the Bill is aimed at protecting the African traditional marriage and moral fabric of the nation.

Bahati says the Penal Code Act which outlaws ‘any sexual act against the order of nature’ is vague.

The Bill has attracted international attention with civil activists condemning it. But MP Barnabus Tinkasiimire says “once the bill is tabled we shall all support it because my ancestors tell me these evils in our society must be stopped.”

Cameron’s statements underline the growing intrusion of countries’ sovereignity in a new form of neo-colonial imperialism.

Last week MP Tinkasiimire said Uganda should not listen to donors who intend to frustrate “this good bill.”

“The anti-gays Bill is overdue because the spirit of my ancestors tell me that they lived without these practices (homosexuality),”he charged.

“I have been hearing government officials that when we pass the anti-gays Bill, we shall loose the donor’s money. We can’t afford to stay with such ills in our society and when it comes before the floor, we shall all pass it and support it,” he added, attracting an ovation from fellow backbenchers.

In a related development, BBC separately reports that David Cameron has threatened to withhold UK aid from countries that do not reform legislation banning homosexuality.

The UK prime minister said he raised the issue with some of the states involved at the CHOGM in Perth.

Human rights reform in the Commonwealth was one issue that leaders failed to reach agreement on at the summit.

Mr Cameron says those receiving UK aid should “adhere to proper human rights”.

Ending the bans on homosexuality was one of the recommendations of an internal report into the future relevance of the Commonwealth.

Mr Cameron told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show that “British aid should have more strings attached”.

But he conceded that countries could not change immediately, and cautioned that there would be a “journey”.

“This is an issue where we are pushing for movement, we are prepared to put some money behind what we believe. But I’m afraid that you can’t expect countries to change overnight.

“Britain is one of the premier aid givers in the world. We want to see countries that receive our aid adhering to proper human rights.

“We are saying that is one of the things that determines our aid policy, and there have been particularly bad examples where we have taken action.”

Mr Cameron said he had spoken with “a number of African countries” and that more pressure had been applied by Foreign Secretary William Hague, who deputised for him during parts of the summit.

Some 41 nations within the 54-member Commonwealth have laws banning homosexuality. Many of these laws are a legacy of British Empire laws.


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