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.   

Comments

  1. MiddleoftheRoader says

    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.

  2. MadScience says

    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.

  3. Mike says

    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.

  4. JJ says

    “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.

  5. SAYTHETRUTH says

    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.

  6. Richard says

    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.

  7. Caliban says

    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.

  8. Bobubye says

    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.

  9. Macmantoo says

    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.

  10. AdamTh says

    “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?

  11. Caliban says

    @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.

  12. Caliban says

    @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.

  13. Bill says

    @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).

  14. paul the subsaharan says

    The very thought of
    homosexuality is emetic. The mere mention is a taboo subject in most strata of society. The “yuck factor” it comes with is quite palpable.
    Sub-sahara Africa is very spiritual and pro-nature. Gay life is antithetical to the spiritual motif behind copulation, that is, procreation.
    “Greek love” as it was once known has no compatability with this traditional, religious and spiritual society.
    We find the act repugnant but treat the actors with humane love.
    There is a reason Africa is called the “cradle of humanity”: Africans innately cherish the ‘regeneration’ of species. Same-sexism is purely averse to this.

  15. gregorybrown says

    Much of Africa has been polluted with pernicious brands of “Christianity” that expect the end of the world to happen soon. So they really don’t need western aid. Once their nations are pure according to primitive semitic (and, of course, Islamic) standards, the end times will see a major uplifting of souls that will make the descent into chaos, ignorance and cruelty espoused by true believers irrelevant.

  16. BETTY says

    @RANDY: Canada has been silent? Have you even read a newspaper? Get your facts straight before you spout off.

    From yesterday’s Globe & Mail:

    The Canadian government has condemned the Ugandan law and said it “will serve as an impediment in our relationship with the Ugandan government” but has not announced any concrete measures.

    “Canada has repeatedly raised our concerns with the government of Uganda, and we have done so again,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said in a statement on Monday. “Our engagement on human rights issues will only become more persistent. We will continue to support efforts to decriminalize homosexuality and combat violence against people on the basis of their sexual orientation.”

    From the Wall Street Journal, Canada is threatening to sever diplomatic ties:

    Alintuma Nsambu, Uganda’s envoy to Canada, said in an interview Wednesday that he had been summoned by the Canadian Foreign Ministry to explain why Canada shouldn’t sever diplomatic ties with Uganda over the antigay bill. He said he had communicated Canada’s concerns to the Ugandan government. The Canadian consulate in Kampala didn’t immediately respond to calls and emails seeking to confirm the meeting.”

  17. UFFDA says

    Wrong Paul the Sub. The “cradle of humanity” is everywhere, right along with homosexual feeling. Everything voluntary is OK and when there is love between any two people it is their business and their’s only to express it as they choose. And all love is profoundly procreative in a multitude of deeply spiritual as well as physical ways. What you don’t realize is that enlightened human beings are still, and always will be, in the process of creating themselves and their cultures in endless and various forms. It is WE who make the rules (especially in the West) and as we do so we enlarge what it is that human beings can be. Everyone else is more or less stuck in backwaters of inflexible thought and behavior, often filled with pious platitudes as defensive as they are irrelevant. Get over yourself.

  18. JJ says

    @Paul, if you actually respected nature, you’d notice and appreciate that it is lavishly varied. You’d understand that nature’s variety isn’t merely beautiful, but also necessary for it to thrive. If you truly cherished nature, you’d live in awe of it’s power to utterly overwhelm your ability to comprehend how it all fits together. You could never be convinced of your wisdom to “correct” it. You’d recognize that nature has room for everything. That just because some people are gay doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of people procreating. And the fact that procreation is good doesn’t imply that it’s the only good. It doesn’t imply that non-procreation is bad or that nothing good comes of it.

    If the thought of gay sex makes you throw up, then don’t have it, and stop thinking about it. But imprisoning people because you have a weak stomach is the act of a coward.

  19. jjose712 says

    lk: The elite won’t miss much, but only for a while. If western countries really cut the aid, they will lose their source of money, because they became rich in first place with money that wasn’t destined to them.

    And it’s not that easy to keep calm a country without money, not in the long run

  20. Victor says

    It’s gross to read comments that would take satisfaction with the suffering of ordinary Ugandans. The country’s leaders passed this law to divert attention away from other issues.

    Given the poverty and suffering in Uganda, why wish more on them? Sanctions should be placed on the leaders.

  21. Bill says

    Yeah – good luck with that Uganda. You’ve never “gotten along” without foreign aid in your entire history but NOW that you’re on the right side with God and the Evangelical homophobes I’m sure your citizens will embrace racing back to the 19th century in their unsullied pursuit of bigotry and isolation. Let us know how its all working out, will ya?

  22. UFFDA says

    God I love all these comments. The irreverance towards traditional tribal societies – which always suck – is priceless.

    In general colonialism is the best thing that ever happened to Africa, without it “their” refrigerators ( if they had any) would be filled with human body parts for the weekend picnic. I understand that quite a few of them are.

    JJ your post was perfect.

  23. Liam says

    Uffda: Do not forget that this all started when right wing fundie preachers from the US went over there and told all those countries about the evils of homosexuality. This was not an issue in any of those countries until they arrived.

  24. UFFDA says

    LIAM -You are probably quite right…and yet it is the responsibility of all individuals and cultures to accept or not the information and opinions that come before them. A mature and balanced people stand up against the corrosive, not to say murderous, hysteria of right wing religions.

    And yet, what is that but more high liberal educated talk? The leading Ugandans are clearly immune to such stuff. They are demagogues misinfluenced, as you note, by Christian fanatics leading an ignorant public. The whole thing is pathetically demoralizing, full and good reason why I would never go into politics.

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