By Nangayi Guyson
Kampala, Uganda – Uganda is one of the richest countries here on earth with a balanced climate and abundant mineral resources. In Uganda we grow two crops a year while in western countries they grow one because they have winter. How then can a country that grows two crops a year continue begging aid from western countries that grow only one?
Ugandan president Museveni made these comments on Monday this week while addressing a large congregation of more than 1 million Ugandans that were gathered at Kololo Independence Grounds in a massive thanksgiving prayer organized by all religious leaders in the Country to show solidarity to the president for passing the anti-gay Law.
Museveni lashed out to donor nations that had threatened to cut foreign Aid to Uganda for passing anti-gay Law which western countries say it criminalizes gay people and abuses Human Rights.
More than a million Ugandans joined religious leaders in the Capital Kampala in a massive historic march to show solidarity to President Museveni for his braveness of signing the controversial Anti-Homosexuality bill into law despite criticism and threats from the international Community.
Thousands of Ugandans marched from Makerere University Freedom Square through the capital Kampala then onto Kololo Independence Grounds carrying placards denouncing imposition of Homosexuality on them by western Countries. At Kololo Independence Grounds a lot happened. All the comments made were against Homosexuality, School children sang songs that described how Homosexuality can be bad for them and their future generation.
The march which was organized by an umbrella of all Religious Faiths and Civil Society Organizations in Uganda took place on 31st March 2014 and was being led by the Anti gay activist Pastor, Martin Sempa of Makerere Community Church in Uganda. The half-day event started 8.00am and ended at 1.00pm. This event was labeled as National Thanksgiving Service and His Excellency the President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, was the Chief Guest. Almost all the high ranking government officials attended this event and Ugandans from across the country were invited to be part of this historic occasion.
Pentecostal Churches in Uganda and other religious organizations in Uganda have been preaching and advertising about this event for over a full month.
Museveni who received overwhelming cheers from the crowd to almost every comment he made against homosexuality said “at first I thought homosexuality was not was a big issue that is why I didn’t pay attention but when big countries started giving us orders that I don’t like, and became preachers for others on the gay issue, I endorsed the law to reaffirm Uganda’s sovereignty” Mr. Museveni told Anti-Homosexuality supporters.
Mr Museveni added on that the West have a wrong justification of homosexuality. He explained that besides the Bible being against the act, even long ago among African cultures homosexuals were looked at as a taboo. He stressed that homosexuality was unhealthy and people who do it could get sexually transmitted diseases.
“I came to learn that homosexuality was unhealthy and this is because they go to a wrong address. Sexual organs of a human being are highly specialized,” he said.
Since the Ugandan President signed the anti-Homosexuality bill into law on 24 February 2014, he has gained a large support which has seen him remain more popular as the Country head to elections in 2015.
Political analysts in Uganda say Museveni was becoming unpopular among Ugandans after his brutal crackdown on political opponents during the Walk-to-work protests in 2011 but the signing of the anti-Homosexuality bill which the majority in the country supports made him more popular clearing his win in the 2015.
US backs down on Uganda, continues to offer Aid.
Meanwhile, the United States of America (USA) last week backed down on Uganda after a long time Criticisms on the country over its anti-gay laws and promised to continue offering foreign Aid worth $700 million as it has been.
US also promised to help the East African nation to have peaceful free and fair elections come 2015. The statement released by the US mission in Uganda said last week.
Part of the statement read, we have seen several reports alleging that recent decisions by donors have directly affected services in health, agriculture, and election funding. Speaking for the United States, let us be clear; none of the announced changes in U.S. assistance affects essential care and treatment in our health services, our extensive agriculture programming, or our initiatives in democracy and governance. Nor do they hinder any other program central to our shared vision of a peaceful, prosperous, healthy, and democratic Uganda.
The American people continue to provide over $700 million in assistance to the people of Uganda annually – more than any other donor. Virtually none of this money goes to the government. It goes to our implementing partners who use it to provide direct services to the people most in need. Our commitment to support the needs of the Ugandan people remains strong, just as it has for the last fifty years.
We note the frequent statements from political and other leaders that the U.S. is cutting assistance to Ugandans in urgent need of health services. This is patently false. On behalf of the American people, we provide nearly eighty percent of the national HIV response in Uganda. We support the life-saving, anti-retroviral therapy (ART) of over half-a million Ugandans – over eighty percent of all citizens on ART in Uganda. There has been no other realistic source of funds for this treatment, and without it, people will die. The statement said.
When Uganda’s president signed the Anti-gay into law, US Secretary John Kerry rushed and issued a statement that said US is deeply disappointed in the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda and US will be reviewing the two countries’ relationships but late last month President Obama administration said is sending more troops and military aircraft to Uganda as part of a long-running effort to hunt down Joseph Kony, the fugitive rebel commander who is believed to have been hiding in the jungles of central Africa for years.