UGANDA TO TALK TO DONOR COUNTRIES OVER FALLOUT FROM ANTI-HOMSEXUALITY LAW

By: David Lumu

KAMPALA, March 4– Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi says the government will engage with development partners over the fall-out from the country’s new anti-homosexuality law.

“These are our friends; they have been supporting us for a very long time. I am sure that through engagement and dialogue, we will reach some understanding and that our relationship will stabilise and take a normal course,” he said Monday.

Mbabazi told journalists that the donors should understand that the process which led to the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act was democratic and that cutting aid was not the “right thing to do”, especially when these countries always preached about democracy.

“We have heard and in some cases been informed that some of the support we have been receiving from our development partners will be withheld because of the anti-homosexuality law. Of course it is not a nice thing to do. I don’t think they are doing the right thing because they are the ones who preach democracy to us. So, what is democratic about this (threats to cut aid)?” Mbabazi pondered.

However, Mbabazi insisted that if aid cuts were effected, the government would re-adjust the budget and prioritise. He, however, insisted that cutting of aid “is something we would love to avoid”.

At the same media briefing, Mbabazi also unveiled the new communication strategy for the Office of the Prime Minister under which he would be holding regular weekly sessions where ministers and other key stakeholders would inform the media about developments in their respective sectors.

Mbabazi introduced Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi as the new Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister.
She will be co-ordinating the meetings.

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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