Monday, 17 February 2014

President Obama threatens Uganda over anti-gay bill!


When America sneezes the rest of the world catches cold- this is a very popular saying that explains how most developing countries especially African countries have depended largely on both economic and military aid from US. Now they do not only want Africa to catch their cold they want us to pack their *. Nigeria didn't give in to their threats over anti-gay bill and hopefully Uganda wont. 

Reporting from punch
President Barack Obama has warned Uganda’s President Yoweri Musuveni that enacting an anti-gay law will complicate relations with the US.

Under the proposed legislation, those convicted of homosexual acts could face life imprisonment.

The law would also make it a crime not to report gay people.

Promotion of homosexuality – even talking about it without condemning it – would also be punishable by a prison sentence.

The private member’s bill originally proposed the death penalty for some offences, such as if a minor was involved or the perpetrator was HIV-positive, but that clause has been dropped.

Uganda already has legislation banning gay sex between men, but the proposed law sharply tightens restrictions – and covers lesbians for the first time.

The US is one of Uganda’s largest foreign aid donors, and in 2011 a small number of American troops were sent to help the Ugandan military fight the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army.

But President Obama, who once referred to the proposed law as “odious”, says this relationship will become more complicated if it is approved, describing it as an affront, and a danger to, Uganda’s gay community.

America’s National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, said on Twitter that she spoke at length with the Ugandan President Museveni on Saturday night to urge him not to sign the bill.

President Obama’s statement didn’t limit criticism to Uganda, noting an increase in reports of violence and harassment of homosexuals from Russia to Nigeria.

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