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Responding to International Backlash Against Anti-gay Law, Uganda Tells West to ‘Keep Their Aid’

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The widespread international backlash against Uganda’s recently passed anti-gay law appears to be having little influence on officials in the East African country. On Thursday, Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo sent a series of tweets defending the law and President Yoweri Museveni. 

“The west can keep their “aid” to Uganda over homos, we can develop without it”

“@KagutaMuseveni You made Uganda proud after signing the anti-homosexuality law”

“Western ‘Aid’ to Africa is lucrative & profitable trade they cannot cut off completely”

- Ofwono Opondo @OfwonoOpondo February 27, 2014. 

In the past week, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Canada, and the U.S. have all begun reviewing their policies towards aid in Uganda.   

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  1. Call his bluff.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Feb 27, 2014 7:09:31 PM


  2. When the Western countries start denying visas to officials from these homophobic countries like Uganda, so these officials can't spend their plundered aid funds in places like the EU, the US, Canada, etc -- and so they have to take their vacations in China or Russia or Iran -- then they'll re-think their anti-gay policies.

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Feb 27, 2014 7:13:28 PM


  3. Twlroad posted that visa denial is starting to be thought about by US officials.

    Posted by: Patrick | Feb 27, 2014 7:25:15 PM


  4. ...and the UK.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 27, 2014 7:36:43 PM


  5. Good luck with your HIV epidemic, Uganda. Even if you do find other countries sufficiently homophobic enough to support you, you'll still be pissing that money away and letting HIV fester in your country.
    If you oppress LGBTs and make sure they don't have access to the care they need, the problem will still fester for your str8 citizens TOO. If you force gay men into str8 relationships, and make them have sex with other men on the down-low, if you force corrective rape on lesbian women, if you deny service to bi or trans individuals, you're wasting your time and others' money.

    'Oh yes, we're going to address an epidemic by only treating SOME of our people... yes...'

    You know Uganda, I have a solution for you. Take all your HIV infected men, and make sure they have sex with ALL your virgin females. That'll solve EVERYTHING.

    And yes, deny Visas to Ugandans. Keep them where they are or let them go to other despotic regimes.

    Posted by: MadScience | Feb 27, 2014 7:36:48 PM


  6. Fine; you don't deserve my hard earned money anyway you grotesque, blood thirsty, waste of life, non-human, Nazi barbarian parasite.

    Posted by: Sean | Feb 27, 2014 7:45:39 PM


  7. agreed, Sean.

    Posted by: wct | Feb 27, 2014 7:47:47 PM


  8. This is the point where China steps in and buys Uganda in order to secure future mineral and agricultural resources.

    Russia has proved time and again that it can overlook science when it needs to defend an ideology, and may also make overtures while sympathetic idiots are running the joint.

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 27, 2014 7:51:28 PM


  9. While Canada made this statement before the bill was signed, Canada has been mostly silent now that it has been signed.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 27, 2014 8:04:36 PM


  10. “The west can keep their “aid” to Uganda over homos, we can develop without it”

    Indeed--if by development you mean you'll learn that without money you can't afford to throw away what you have left: your people.

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 27, 2014 8:13:28 PM


  11. He says to keep our aid once his country already lost it. Well, that's so infantile. Who cares, turn the page and let's focus on other deserving countries in need, there are plenty. Sadly enough.

    By the way, his personal corrupt wealth must be secured, should inquire the whereabouts, that would be interesting.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | Feb 27, 2014 8:20:52 PM


  12. That settles it. I just canceled my vacation in Kampala at the Idi Amin hotel and casino. It will be a sacrifice to give up Uganduh I know, but I urge all gay travelers to go somewhere else on holiday.

    Posted by: Richard | Feb 27, 2014 8:23:32 PM


  13. Cool. He says he's fine with the West pulling our aid to Uganda, so we should. And let's be honest, most of the financial aid we send ends up either in the bank accounts of POSs like him or in building up their military which, if history tells us anything, will end up biting us in the @ss when they start a war with a neighbor and threaten the US.

    Posted by: Caliban | Feb 27, 2014 8:28:27 PM


  14. The lunatics are in charge in Uganda. So be it; too bad for the innocents. They should rise up against their oppressors. The insurgents would not be limited to gay people.

    Posted by: Bobubye | Feb 27, 2014 8:30:31 PM


  15. THey say absolute power corrupts absolutely. They have proven that the same can be said about ignorance.

    Posted by: Rad | Feb 27, 2014 8:38:01 PM


  16. And today, the World Bank decided to withhold money as well. What these idiots don't realize is the "aid" they receive is money collected from taxes which is also paid by gays.

    Posted by: Macmantoo | Feb 27, 2014 8:40:22 PM


  17. Good, then die out, Uganda. You almost did it once for your stupidity. Try a little harder this time.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Feb 27, 2014 8:53:27 PM


  18. Oh, okay - that was an easy one!

    Posted by: Tigernan | Feb 27, 2014 8:55:08 PM


  19. "On Thursday, Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo sent a series of tweets defending the law and President Yoweri Museveni. "

    Why do they still have Twitter accounts?

    Posted by: AdamTh | Feb 27, 2014 9:03:40 PM


  20. Translation: "The west can keep their aid, I've got a cushy living. The rest of my poverty stricken nation will figure it out."

    Posted by: daws | Feb 27, 2014 9:16:18 PM


  21. well, that bravado ought to last till about breakfast

    Posted by: unokhan | Feb 27, 2014 9:37:26 PM


  22. @Caliban : Uganda threaten the U.S. by building up its military? That''s funny! It would be like Bambi meets Godzilla: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXCUBVS4kfQ

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 27, 2014 9:51:40 PM


  23. @Bill, the actual size of the military seems to have no correlation to political posturing and swagger by the leaders of countries which don't have a snowball's chance in Hell of actually threatening the US. See: Hussein, Saddam & practically every other tin-pot leader of 3rd world hellholes we have aided at one time or the other. In many instances these leaders are people we helped put in power in the first place.

    Posted by: Caliban | Feb 27, 2014 10:04:14 PM


  24. @Bill, the actual size of the military seems to have no correlation to political posturing and swagger by the leaders of countries which don't have a snowball's chance in Hell of actually threatening the US. See: Hussein, Saddam & practically every other tin-pot leader of 3rd world hellholes we have aided at one time or the other. In many instances these leaders are people we helped put in power in the first place.

    Posted by: Caliban | Feb 27, 2014 10:04:15 PM


  25. @Caliban : "the actual size of the military seems to have no correlation to political posturing and swagger by the leaders of countries which don't have a snowball's chance in Hell of actually threatening the US."

    As Wotan said about Alberich in Das Rheingold,
    "Grant him the joy of complaint" (as Wotan dismissed this very angry, disagreeable little dwarf).

    BTW, exactly what did you mean when you wrote, "... in building up their military which, if history tells us anything, will end up biting us in the @ss when they start a war with a neighbor and threaten the US." Surely you weren't claiming that Uganda would pose a serious threat to the U.S. - it would have even a smaller chance than that imaginary country in the film "The Mouse that Roared" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7L7WLFBYR4 (which they won due to an air-raid drill that resulted in nobody being out on the streets).

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 27, 2014 10:36:41 PM


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