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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Says Foreign Aid Is 'Sinful': VIDEO

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said that receiving foreign aid in exchange for the fair treatment of his country’s LGBT community is “sinful," according to The Telegraph.

Yoweri museveniSeveral countries have cut aid to Uganda in response to the introduction of severe anti-gay laws that include a sentence of life imprisonment.  

Last month the U.S. cut aid to Uganda, imposed visa restrictions on Ugandans involved in human rights violations, and cancelled a planned military exercise with the Ugandan army.

Speaking at a religious conference in Kampala, Museveni welcomed cuts to foreign aid because they had "aroused" Ugandans and made them realise they needed to "undertake serious work" to build self-reliance.

Museveni continued that to accept aid in return for fair treatment of homosexuals “is a bad omen, you are committing a sin to offer that aid, or to receive it.”

Speaking to The Telegraph, Tamale Mirundi, a spokesman for Museveni, said:

"In his speech [Museveni] made clear that Uganda can be self-reliant, and the aid cuts have woken us up and invigorated us. The president has always opposed aid, from the beginning."

Watch John Oliver tackle Uganda's anti-gay laws, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ugandan President ‘Ridiculed’ Hillary Clinton When Challenged on Anti-Homosexuality Act

Hillary Clinton has revealed in her memoir Hard Choices that she unsuccessfully urged Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to halt the passage of his country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Hillary Clinton Hard ChoicesSaid Clinton: "He [President Museveni] ridiculed my concerns."

The Act, which was given presidential assent by Mr Museveni in February, calls for offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in prison and makes it a criminal offence to not report someone for being gay.

Last week, the U.S. announced that it had cut aid to Uganda, cancelled a planned military exercise with the country and banned Ugandan citizens involved in human rights abuses from entering the United States.

In her book, Clinton also writes about her anger at the murder of Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato in 2011.

“David was killed in what police said was a robbery but it was more likely an execution. I was appalled that the police and government had done little to protect David after public calls for his murder. But this was about more than police incompetence. It was the result of a nationwide campaign to suppress LGBT people by any means necessary, and the government was part of it."


Spokesman Says Uganda 'Won't Be Blackmailed' by U.S. Over Anti-Gay Law

Following yesterday's White House announcement of new U.S. sanctions, Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo has claimed that the country’s tougher new anti-gay laws will not be derailed by threats of cuts to aid.

OpondoSaid Opondo to Reuters:

"Uganda is a sovereign country and can never bow to anybody or be blackmailed by anybody on a decision it took in its interests, even if it involves threats to cut off all financial assistance."

The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014, prohibits same-sex relations as well as their promotion or recognition. The act provides for a prison term of seven years for those successfully prosecuted. Some acts are punishable with life in prison.

As punishment for President Yoweri Museveni’s decision to sign the law, Ugandan government institutions will lose U.S. funding, a planned military exercise with Uganda will be cancelled and Ugandan citizens involved in human rights abuses will be banned from entering the United States.

However, Opondo has claimed that Uganda has not been notified regarding any sanctions.

Prominent Ugandan Activist Seeks Asylum in U.S. Over Anti-Gay Law

John Abdallah Wambere — a prominent 41-year-old Ugandan activist — has applied for asylum in the U.S.. He appeared in the documentaries Call Me Kuchu and Missionaries of Hate and has worked for 14-years with Spectrum Uganda, a group working to “ensure the safety of [Uganda’s] LGBTI community, reduce stigma, assist LGBTI Ugandans under arrest, and educate about HIV.”

KuchuWambere arrived from Uganda on February 21, three days before Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed off on his country’s new law punishing gay sex and the “promotion of homosexuality” with life imprisonment.

Wambere said:

“This has been a very, very difficult decision for me... I have devoted my life to working for LGBTI people in Uganda, and it gives me great pain not to be with my community, allies, and friends while they are under increasing attack. But in my heart, I know it is my only option, and that I would be of no use to my community in jail.”

Michael K. Lavers of The Washington Blade summarized Wambere’s affidavit thus:

Wambere in his asylum petition notes he has been threatened, evicted from his home and publicly outed as a gay man in several Ugandan newspapers (since 2005). He told reporters that he has also received anonymous death threats, been rejected by his family members, lost business and was unable to visit is 16-year-old daughter’s school because of his sexual orientation.

He says that several men attacked him in 2009 as he left a bar in Kampala, the Ugandan capital. Wambere notes he has been “repeatedly arrested for violation” of the Ugandan penal code that criminalizes “carnal acts against the order of nature, including homosexual behavior.”

He told reporters that several of his friends and colleagues have been kidnapped or arrested since Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law... (and also) said other LGBT Ugandans have either gone into hiding or left the country.

Lavers adds that Wambere "is believed to be the first Ugandan LGBT rights advocate to seek asylum in the U.S. since the measure took effect in February.”

In a statement, Allison Wright — a staff attorney for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) — said:

“The United States can do two very important things. We can provide a safer harbor where brave Ugandan LGBT individuals can continue to speak out and work for change; and we can work to stop the export of prejudice, denouncing the efforts of Americans to spread homophobia in other countries.”

Call Me Kuchu — the documentary that Wambere appeared in — is about the 2011 murder of prominent gay Ugandan activist David Kato and its aftermath.

Hundreds March in Five-Hour Ceremony to Celebrate Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law: VIDEO

Uganda rally

Hundreds of government officials, religious leaders, and Ugandan citizens took part in a disturbing, five-hour ceremony in Kampala on Monday to celebrate the country's recently enacted ‘Anti-Homosexuality Law.’ 

Buzzfeed reports:

BahatiSpeakers paid tribute to President Yoweri Museveni, the official guest of honor, and linked Uganda’s fight against homosexuality with shedding its colonial past in an event that had the feeling of a campaign rally.

“Today, we come here again [to celebrate] sovereignty and freedom … [and] to take charge of our destiny,” said David Bahati, the lawmaker who sponsored the bill, noting that the event was taking place at the Kololo Independence Grounds, the parade grounds where Ugandan independence was granted in 1962. “The citizens of Uganda are with you, Mr. President. The religious and cultural leaders are with you, Mr. President. The members of parliament and the nation is behind you.”

The event, called the “National Thanksgiving Service Celebrating the Passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill,” was organized by the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU), an umbrella organization of the country’s major denominations, and other groups that had supported the bill, which punishes homosexuality with up to life in prison and essentially bans LGBT advocacy.

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Speakers praised the “courage” of President Museveni to sign the law despite widespread international backlash. Religious leaders also called for a publicly-funded trust to compensate for any loss in foreign aid.

MuseveniMuseveni, who supported the idea of a fund, drew laughs while arguing how unnatural gay sex is:

“The sexual organs of human beings are highly specialized,” he said. “Because that part is not for that purpose, it creates very unhealthy repercussions … the intestines come out — this is terrible!”

“There are other terrible things,” he warned. “Oral sex is an idiocy … The mouth is for eating.”

He also vowed to uphold the law despite outside pressure, saying “I am now mobilized to fight this war.”

In other news, a gay teen in Uganda attempted suicide earlier this month by overdosing on pills and swallowing rat poison. At least 17 gay Ugandans have reportedly attempted to kill themselves following the country's passage of its anti-gay law. 

[photo via J. Lester Feder/BuzzFeed]

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Uganda's First Lady Says Humans Shouldn't Debate Homosexuality Because Cows


During a speech praising her country’s horrendous “Kill The Gays” law, Uganda’s First Lady Janet Museveni (pictured with cow above) offered a Chinese riddle of sorts for why we mere mortals shouldn't quibble over the naturalness of homosexuality. Here goes:

“If cows did not practice homosexuality, how could we, the human beings, start arguing over homosexuality?”

We literally have no idea what the frug that means. It’s like she’s been taking speech lessons from Sarah Palin. Perhaps the American “experts” that John Kerry is sending to Uganda can decode it for us?

By the way, cows can totally be gay. The picture above is total proof.


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