Uganda Shrugs Off Aid Cuts After Outlawing Homosexuality

'The West can keep their 'aid' to Uganda over homos,' government spokesman says

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Uganda’s government said Thursday that it’s not concerned about threats by the United States and other countries to cut aid after it enacted legislation outlawing homosexuality.

“The West can keep their ‘aid’ to Uganda over homos, we shall still develop without it,” government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said in a message on Twitter.

Some countries have already frozen or cut aid after President  Yoweri Museveni signed the law Monday. It makes homosexual activity punishable by imprisonment and any mention of homosexuality in positive terms illegal.

Western donor countries have criticized Museveni for gagging the Ugandan media, and were pressing heavily for him to block the bill. After he signed it, Museveni warned Western countries against interfering in Uganda’s internal affairs. Countries such as the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway were quick to freeze aid or redirect it from the Ugandan government, while others such as Sweden warned that Uganda might suffer economically because of the legislation.

91 comments
Anna Edgar
Anna Edgar

I have a colleague with family working with the Ugandan government, and living in Uganda. The information about the influence of the American Evangelists comes from this source. The acknowledgement of the speed and power of this new direction also comes from this source. There was no anti-gay propaganda coming out of Uganda five years ago. Now, it seem to be the issue that defines Uganda, and that is rather sad for such an otherwise rich country. Rich, in terms of cultural heritage.

Anna Edgar
Anna Edgar

Russell, you are talking rubbish. I'm not sure if you are trying to provoke an argument, or if you are really that stupid to believe what you write here. This discussion is about a very recent change in Ugandan policy, sparked by the actions of American evangelists who went into Uganda to deliberately spread their particular religious beliefs. I'm sure you are as aware as i am of Africa's rich and diverse cultural and political history, stretching back way further than any history that can be claimed by many other parts of the world. I'm not sure how your comment really adds any value to the discussion here.

Russell Abarientos Sil-ay
Russell Abarientos Sil-ay

agree.. let them starved and eat each other.. on evolution they are like a rotary phone compared to an iphone. they evolved first .. thier brains are outdated

Brian Cremona
Brian Cremona

Don't treat others in ways you don't want to be treated.

Kato Brian
Kato Brian

@ seelwood,can u prove it scientifically dat someone is born a homosexual ?

Celetial Cheeks
Celetial Cheeks

To much filthy things going in thr west. At least we know were we can go ti get away from the homosexual behavior. straight people we don't have to stay here becayse they can't follow us to Uganda.

Celetial Cheeks
Celetial Cheeks

Ethiopia is the place. yeah they don't allow homosexual there. Africa stands up to this. LOVE mama Africa.

Bryan Selwood
Bryan Selwood

Its funny how some are saying other countries shouldn't interfere with Ugandan culture yet they are happy to be christian. Christianity was forced into your culture. Homosexuality wasnt - its just how people are born and is around in every country. Gays don't cause war, poverty and genocide but christianity does. Religion is the real evil

Freddy Brignone
Freddy Brignone

Chiemela: what are you on about? What does incest have to do with homosexuality?? Read a book.

Scott Goolsby
Scott Goolsby

Hot a good laugh...thank you...so stupid its funny...

Scott Goolsby
Scott Goolsby

@ Anna...well said...I don't understand how an American evangelist influenced Uganda?

Krista Jean Klaas
Krista Jean Klaas

What does gay rights have to do with incest? I tell ya, some people on here need to be educated in homosexuality.

Seun Opaleye
Seun Opaleye

Uganda, pls go to China, they've got lots of cash to give away.

Eric Cullen
Eric Cullen

"Hater, intolerant, homophobe, ignorant". This is what you are called if your beliefs are different.

Moe Alcalá
Moe Alcalá

"Homosexuals are sick people?" Wow...the ONLY sick people I see here are the ones who are full of hatred and ignorance...further more the only "teachings" that people need is that of letting go of that disgusting hate they hold within themselves. People are people. Whether it may be with the same sex partners or not.

Grace Jurian
Grace Jurian

extreme poverty and violence cant be used 2 describe ma country sir winston church hill from england termed us as "the pearl of africa"! violence in africa is mainly due to the influence of pro homosexual countries goverments named above funding and organising militias to advocate for their dirty policies and aidcutting is another way that those "gay" goverments impose your said extreme poverty and violent situations am proud 2 say uganda aint their yet but we are on course

Kate Brandt
Kate Brandt

So Alexander the Great was not successful? Or Rome (Which declined after Christianity was enforced, and even though sodomy was "outlawed" there was probably only one straight emperor).

Eric Cullen
Eric Cullen

Actually, most societies start their decline when they lose their moral compass and indoctrinate themselves (The US is just beginning this path?) Norway, Sweden, Canada, etc are great examples of this. They are all Socialist/Marxist countries who appear to be the happiest countries in the world but none have s solid foundation and will not sustain.

Luarley
Luarley

Westerns kills innocent kids/women in third world countries as they label, and everywhere around the world and yet they use the media to blackmail the massive. Why shouldn't we talk about that? Is that an act of human rights? Time is a great newspaper and I am sure they know too much of human rights brutality that takes over the world just like that. 

Luarley
Luarley

I don't understand how a word "human rights" is being used totally wrong. I think we should discuss on who is writing the human rights bill that fits the whole world without involving the particular nations in question? 

Victor Michael
Victor Michael

Homosexuals are sick people who need help, help them by teaching them how to have an opposite sex marriage instead of promoting same sex marriage.

Victor Michael
Victor Michael

Continue with your dirty habits soon Moslem Arabs with their wives and children will take over your land.

Chiemela Nwoko
Chiemela Nwoko

I think it's time to start eating these white animals. They'll make good meat. It's better we stay in our stone age.

Victor Michael
Victor Michael

Emmanuel Hughes, I never knew practicing homosexuality do add to economic growth.

Tibebe Girma
Tibebe Girma

Look their birth rate. Depression,suicide, ... After 60 years these countries would be islamic because of migration. Migrants have 5 and 6 children within a family in your cities but you the natives are diverting your sexual feelings wrongly,

Abel Iyima
Abel Iyima

pls ths is an international forum.pls dnt place such.you are making Nigerians luk like crooks.pls.

Chiemela Nwoko
Chiemela Nwoko

If gay right should be accepted in Africa, let the west allow daughters to marry their fathers and sons to marry their mothers. Incest should not be punitive. Hypocrites!

Anna Edgar
Anna Edgar

OK, I'm not here for an argument, and not really trying to change your views. I'm just expressing my own opinions. In my opinion a society advances as it finds compassion, acceptance, diversity and equal rights. I think, the more a society accepts basic universal human rights, then the more advanced it becomes. A society that bases itself on fear, hate and prejudice tends to go backwards. Most world religions encourage peace, compassion, tolerance, education, understanding, equality, love, and i think this is because they are basic, essential human qualities that make for a more advanced society.

Abel Iyima
Abel Iyima

and Nigeria too.We say no to homoism!get it!

Fanny Lanciné
Fanny Lanciné

WHY are you so wicked Buddy. Ugandans are human beings like you, never forget that

Anna Edgar
Anna Edgar

Abel, I answered 15 minutes ago.

Abel Iyima
Abel Iyima

i agree too.in wat way is it backward?

Aava Bassu
Aava Bassu

@Emmanuel Hughes-- Thanks 4 educating some of these ignorant ugandans.

Emmanuel Hughes
Emmanuel Hughes

I don't know what you're saying. Gay marriage is legal in countries like Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Holland, Belgium, France, Scotland, Denmark, Canada etc. Do these countries are in decline? ... On the contrary. They are the best countries in the world.

Emmanuel Hughes
Emmanuel Hughes

Yeah, "god" is in your side. That is why Uganda has the best quality of life on the planet, and that's why the inhabitants of pro-homosexuality countries like Norway, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, Canada, France and England are living in extreme poverty and mired in violence . [IRONIC MODE OFF]

Luarley
Luarley

Who is writing the bill of human rights? 

Luarley
Luarley

If the human rights bill was written in Africa would you consider it to the whole world?

Luarley
Luarley

That is not why the Africa has been mired in poverty, the Africa as a continent is rich in it's natural resources and Westerns are exploiting the land in benefiting their countries. Is that an act of human rights?