Uganda’s Sovereignty Vs. Western Aid

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President Yoweri Museveni

AFRICANGLOBE – Uganda was heavily criticised when President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a Bill that imposed penalties on homosexuality and homosexual behaviour.

The Ugandan President’s stance has been condemned particularly by the US and European countries for allegedly violating the fundamental rights of homosexuals.

Even the UN Secretary General has urged President Musevemi to repeal the law falsely arguing that it could institutionalise violence against gays in the East African country.

As unpalatable as the new law may be, it has been generally accepted by fellow African states with Kenyan parliamentarians calling on the government to enforce anti homosexuality laws in that country which have remained largely dormant.

Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Mauritania and many other African countries have officially banned homosexual acts placing Africa on a collision course with Western countries.

U.S. President Barack Obama warned Uganda that the legislation of the Bill was likely to complicate bilateral relations between Uganda and the US with an additional threat of withdrawing the annual donation of 400 million dollars of aid money to the east African nation.

So far the riposte of Western countries to Museveni’s actions has been calm with countries like the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway threatening to withhold or redirect aid whilst Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg has warned that the new law could nefariously affect Uganda’s economy.

There is however, a new challenge facing the Western regimes as the issue of cultural relativism now threatens the very rudiments of international relations.

As unsavoury as continental attitude towards homosexuals might be to Western sensibilities, the suppression of homosexuality and lesbianism appears to be consistent with the will of most Ugandans.

Fortunately or unfortunately, the passage of the Bill in Uganda was met with applause and acclamation by Ugandans.

The bans imposed upon gays in other African countries do not attract much in terms of local condemnation meaning that as unpopular  with Europeans as these new laws maybe and in spite of their seemingly repressive character they appear to respect the general will of the masses.

The refusal of African leaders to legalise same sex relations safeguards the careers of politicians whose political fate is now subject to the democratic credentials of most African states.

Criticism of Musevemi therefore typifies Western hypocrisy towards the African continent because in the final analysis the democratic structure was respected before the enactment of the Bill into law and yet its implementation is still attracting condemnation from the West.

Linking aid to some of these matters smacks of a dangerous attempt on the part of Western leaders to buy, cajole and compromise African leaders when it comes to the issue of gays and lesbians.

The kind of behaviour that has played a big role in keeping the continent poor is now being advocated by the US and its allies.

Aid must be humanitarian and not conditional. The West must bear this in mind even as it continues to force the homosexual agenda on African leaders.

 

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  • https://www.facebook.com/zaire.ezekiel Zaire Ezekiel

    FUCK WESTERN AID, UGANDA MUST BUILD WITH ITS AFRICAN COUNTRY NEGHBOORS. THINK AFRICA LIKE ROBERT MUGABE AND QUDDAFI! FUCK THE WEST.

  • https://www.facebook.com/michadd Denise Addison

    Yes! That’s right! Africa has just as much right to be genocidal fascists as Nazi Germany, WWII Japan, and Mussolini’s Italy.

  • https://www.facebook.com/tanja.l.may Tanja May

    The US is persecuting black americans daily in particular the black men, women and children that are murdered and their murders are never convicted. Hypocrisy at it’s finest! Gay is not another breed of human and what happens in the privacy of a person’s bedroom should remain just that, in their bedroom. GTHOH!

  • https://www.facebook.com/ian.duude0 Ian Duude

    there are homosexuals in Uganda who are being persecuted by the law there. Would you want to see fellow humans persecuted in whatever country in the world? You are telling homosexuals what they can and can’t do, so it is Ugandan Christians forcing their opinions on a minority. Why would any civilised country want to support Uganda when they are persecuting a minority within their own population?

  • https://www.facebook.com/robert.thomas.3386 Robert Thomas

    Willingly acting outside the law (in any country) has nothing to do with human rights. Your line of thought gives human rights to pedophiles as well. This whole thing is about the west wanting to tell african countries how to run their business. Let the west cut all economic ties with most Muslim countries, including their biggest oil supplier Saudi Arabia, if they are really so concerned about gay rights.

  • https://www.facebook.com/doug.schorr.3 Doug Schorr

    Uganda receives substantial military aid from the USA. USA white Christian evangelists have been promoting anti-gay feeling in Uganda for many, many years.

  • https://www.facebook.com/doug.schorr.3 Doug Schorr

    I didn’t realise Human Rights was a western agenda item.

  • https://www.facebook.com/doug.schorr.3 Doug Schorr

    I am not the only concerned about Africanglobe.net… on the i-net site
    “Who is AfricanGlobe dot net???” EbonyRose wrote, “it is awfully odd isn’t it?? … I did find an address in the Bronx, NY for them. But who knows when that might have been posted??”

  • https://www.facebook.com/dominic.ifeme Megamayor Ikemefuna

    my dear this is not about super power, is about forcing someone to practice unclean life..what’s you guys talking about?..all my support to the president…Can africa put an order to US or Britain? and why should they put an order to us we africans and it must stop..

  • https://www.facebook.com/robert.thomas.3386 Robert Thomas

    Pfffff…. Jeezzz bro… I know the facts and I don’t agree with what is going on… simple…. When the USA invades Irak I don’t agree, when they invade Afghanistan, I don’t agree, when all those western powers mingle in the internal affairs of other countries, as in this case, I DON”T AGREE! What if Africans would insist to impose their sense of morality, their laws, their culture on the western nations? You think it would be accepted as easily as this behaviour that the west is showing??? Get real… it’s a one-way street and it is about time that independent nations and people around the world order a halt to it. I know that they CAN… as you say it… they just can not be allowed… is what I am saying….

  • https://www.facebook.com/saadishabazz Saadi Ibn Abu Osman

    Oh yes a country CAN tell another country what to do…! It’s happening everyday, all day and especially in Africa; where self-hatred and disunity is the “order” of the day… Check THE FACTS…

  • https://www.facebook.com/robert.thomas.3386 Robert Thomas

    There is no country that can be allowed to tell another country what to do. To use economic sanctions to promote a western agenda is no longer of this time. I hope that African countries will support eachother in times like these. The black struggle for freedom and equal rights has been kidnapped and turned into a gay struggle for equal rights because that is easier to cope with for the west since it has always been “their thing”. And don’t come to tell me about no nazi germany… no one is born gay; it’s a choice, so anyone who wants to go against their countries laws does so knowing what the consequences may be. Black gays may want to remember that they are still considered no more than n*ggers by the west.

  • https://www.facebook.com/AlligatorPurse Laveda Glover

    Every country on the continent of Africa have laws banning homosexuality with the exception of South Africa.The U.S. says nothing about Saudia Arabia laws on homosexuality and Kuwait laws banning any act of homosexuality and marriage but you don’t hear the U.S. saying they will not sell military equipment or close it bases in Saudia Arabia or Kuwait. Nobody is talking about human rights violations with Egypt of their banning gay people only when it comes to black people do western countries want to tell about human rights.

  • https://www.facebook.com/AlligatorPurse Laveda Glover

    Every country on the continent of Africa have laws banning homosexuality with the exception of South Africa.The U.S. says nothing about Saudia Arabia laws on homosexuality and Kuwait laws banning any act of homosexuality and marriage but you don’t hear the U.S. saying they will not sell military equipment or close it bases in Saudia Arabia or Kuwait. Nobody is talking about human rights violations with Egypt of their banning gay people only when it comes to black people do western countries want to tell about human rights.

  • https://www.facebook.com/sammie.speed Sammie Speed

    Stand your ground Uganda!!! Other nations of sovereignty make unpopular decisions, and the USA continues to support their causes. But then again, those are Caucasian nations and they get a…FREE PASS. Damn them!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/sammie.speed Sammie Speed

    Stand your ground Uganda!!! Other nations of sovereignty make unpopular decisions, and the USA continues to support their causes. But then again, those are Caucasian nations and they get a…FREE PASS. Damn them!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/cissy.williamsonbrown1 Cissy Williamson

    Hypocrisy. Israel has laws against gay marriage and gay civil unions. America still cuts Israel a check.

  • https://www.facebook.com/cissy.williamsonbrown1 Cissy Williamson

    Hypocrisy. Israel has laws against gay marriage and gay civil unions. America still cuts Israel a check.

  • https://www.facebook.com/lionel.riley.16 Lionel Riley

    This is a human-rights issue. Uganda`s sovereignty is not at stake here. No Country should be allowed to step on the rights of any of its citizens because of sovereignty i.e. Nazi Germany!

  • https://www.facebook.com/lionel.riley.16 Lionel Riley

    This is a human-rights issue. Uganda`s sovereignty is not at stake here. No Country should be allowed to step on the rights of any of its citizens because of sovereignty i.e. Nazi Germany!

  • https://www.facebook.com/tanja.l.may Tanja May

    This is truly outrageous. I wish we had the power of collective voices and influence to change this situation. It’s downright disheartening and I’m embarrassed as an African American.