US Health Experts To Persuade Museveni On Gay Law

this web geneva;”>troche sans-serif; color: #252525;”>US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki on Tuesday reiterated Secretary John Kerry’s statements that “no rx sans-serif; color: #252525;”>the pool of health experts” would be in Uganda soon.

The latest development underlines a dramatic shift in Washington’s tone on the widely-criticised law.

President Barack Obama’s public threats that Uganda risked severe consequences compelled Museveni to sign the Bill into law, effectively criminalizing homosexuality.

Psaki said the law is more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda.


“It reflects poorly on the country’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people and will undermine public health, including efforts to fight HIV/AIDS,” he said.

“As we said a week or a couple of weeks ago, this is – has caused us to take a look at our relationship, and there’s no question it has impacted our relationship. Now that the anti-homosexuality act has been enacted, we’re continuing to look closely at the implications of the new law, and where appropriate, we have adjusted some activities and engagements while we are doing that.”

He added: “So let me give you an example: We currently fund or we have been funding the salary top-off, so additional salary to pay for – to help pay 18 health officials, senior health officials. That expired last month. That is something where we are no longer providing that top-off payment. Obviously, these are not individuals who are implementing – the worker bees, for lack of a better phrase. These are individuals at the top who are speaking on behalf of and implementing the policy. So that’s one example.

We’re also looking at our assistance programs to evaluate the ability of our implementing partners to carry them out effectively in a nondiscriminatory manner, and the legal implications of the act on our programs on the ground. So all of those pieces are pieces we’re evaluating.”

While western countries and affiliated donor groups have delayed aid for health programmes over the anti-gay law, Museveni scored considerable political points for signing the legislation.

Observers say repealing before the 2016 elections is unlikely.

African tradition

In Uganda, activists have since taken government to the Constitutional Court, challenging the constitutionality of the anti-gay law that criminalises homosexuality and provides tough jail terms for same sex relationships.

The law, which President Museveni signed last month amid international pressure, further provides a fourteen year jail term for one convicted for the offence of homosexuality and imprisonment for life for the offence of aggravated homosexuality.

According to Parliament, the legislation seeks to establish a comprehensively consolidated legislation to protect the traditional family by prohibiting any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex.

It also seeks to put an end to the promotion or recognition of such sexual relations in public institutions and other places through or with the support of any government entity in Uganda or any other non-governmental organization inside or outside the country.

The Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs said the law will strengthen the nation’s capacity to deal with emerging internal and external threats to the traditional heterosexual family.

“There is need to protect the children and youth of Uganda who are vulnerable to sexual abuse and deviations as a result of cultural changes, uncensored information technologies, parentless child development settings and increasing attempts by homosexuals to raise children in homosexual relationships through adoption and foster care.”

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