The USA government has moved to punish Uganda for enacting anti-gay laws.
In February this year, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill that toughens penalties against gay people and defines some homosexual acts as crimes punishable by life in prison.
The World Bank has already ‘postponed’ a US$90 Million loan to Uganda. The loan was intended to boost Uganda’s health services.
According to the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) , some of the actions taken by the U.S. government are:
• the shift of $6.4 million in funding away from the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, which has publicly advocated for the legislation;
• the redirection of $3 million in funding for tourism and biodiversity programs from the government to NGOs; and
• the Pentagon’s shift of regional military conferences that were to be held in Uganda to other locations.
On the other hand, the USA has sent more soldiers to Uganda to help the government fight rebels called ‘Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)’ operating in areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR), and South Sudan.
The antigay law received massive support across Africa but has been condemned in Europe and USA.
When he signed the law, Museveni said:
“We have been disappointed for a long time by the conduct of the West, the way you conduct yourselves there. Our disappointment is now exacerbated because we are sorry to see that you live the way you live, but we keep quiet about it. Now you say ‘you must also live like us’ — that’s where we say no.”