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In a statement on Monday, former Vice President, Specioza Wandira-Kazibwe belatedly criticized the signing into law of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill and urged for its repeal.

She said the law would have negative public health implications and serious consequences for Uganda's international reputation and support from donors.

Kazibwe, a special envoy of the UN Secretary General for HIV/Aids in Africa, said in a Monday statement that she had told President Museveni that the criminalization of homosexuality only serves to fuel stigma and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons and risks undermining the national Aids response, which is otherwise making significant progress.

She wrote: "I am in full solidarity with the LGBT community and I will continue to defend their rights in Uganda and across Africa. Rest assured of my unwavering support and action for the realization of the rights for every human being, which has been my struggle since childhood.

I will not reverse my path. I will continue to engage with the government of Uganda and civil society organizations on this important matter, and I continue to urge the Government of Uganda to revise or repeal the Anti-Homosexuality Act at the earliest opportunity."

President Museveni told CNN in an interview soon after signing the bill into law last month, that the law is intended "to demonstrate Uganda's independence in the face of Western pressure and provocation."

He also added, while commissioning a new flight simulator at the air force headquarters in Entebbe on February 22, that the US should stop interfering in the affairs of Uganda, adding that he would work with Russia instead of America.

"Russia has worked in Africa since 1917, meaning they have been here for more than 100 years. I want to work with Russia because they don't mix up their politics with other countries' politics," Museveni said.

But Western countries said the law legitimized the abuse of the rights of gay people and warned that they would suspend aid. So far at least Shs 262 billion worth of donor aid has been withheld.

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+9 #1 SlaMboole 2014-03-12 08:41
This valley dam swindler should be recalled with lightning speed.
The cut in aid is good for Uganda. staudies have shown that in post independannce years, uganda was self sustaining and that the level of corruption sky rocketed with the advent of aid money which ends up in workshops seminars, and salaries for the expariates and other useless invesments for instance these hotels, hideouts, double cabins are swindled money, the govt should rethink and cut down administrative expenditure so that we live within our means

This kazibwe spent a colosal 2bn ugx to study a phd in Havard when peaple are dying needlessly from curable malaria and diarrhoea.

if we had put this money to good use (Agriculture) Kazibwe would not be insulting us! finally in africa alone 38 countries have legislaged against homosexuality this includes Nigeria but the Us is not saying anything about them.
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-6 #2 Omony John Bosco 2014-03-12 08:50
I am sure Kazibe is not talking because she support but to cover her position there is no way for Homosexuality in Uganda.
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+8 #3 james 2014-03-12 09:43
Gay law was Museveni's political opportunism. I believe he wanted to buy cheap popularity in Uganda at the some time to bring the west on his table to solidify his rein in Uganda.

For the Pastors,Clergym en,christians who celebrated,I still question their faith as I believe Jesus would not celebrate any person being jailed or sentenced for a crime,actually Jesus would weep for their souls.
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+7 #4 njabulo 2014-03-12 10:06
" I want to work with Russia because they don't mix up their politics with other countries' politics," Museveni said.

No you want to work with Russia because no one else wants to work with you. Your statement brings to mind a biblical verse mr M7. In luganda the verse warns against inter alia, Omusirusiru Okukkutta, anti antandikka okuvuma emerre gyeyakalya!!
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+10 #5 naboma 2014-03-12 11:02
Quoting Omony John Bosco:
I am sure Kazibe is not talking because she support but to cover her position there is no way for Homosexuality in Uganda.


do you think homosexuality will vanish from uganda just coz there is this law. That is why I pity the ugandan homophobs whose capacity to think evaporates once the word gay is mentioned.

Homosexuals have been part of every tribe or people in the world from socrates in Greece to uganda in buganda and ankole even among kings. This law wont take it away but will make the poor suffer from AID cuts.

The US still gets some AID so Uganda whatever you say highly needs AID which would be effective if it were well used.
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+7 #6 eric L 2014-03-12 11:16
Wow,she didn't find it prudent to fight life presidency when bisanja were scrapped,when the Anite-led pressure group ring-fenced the presidential candidate position and when the Micro Finance centre lost billions under her,when valley dams could only be seen by engineers,etc.

Now she will fight against a "discriminatory" law. What a fuss. Say it straight.You run where the money is,period.
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-5 #7 Kalani Jonathan 2014-03-12 11:21
No homosexuality in Uganda. It can be else where.
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+2 #8 Mike 2014-03-12 11:21
Arrogance comes before a fall. To those who dismiss international aid cuts as nothing to worry about, remember (if you can´t then ask those who can) Ug´s worst history during dictator idi Amin´s time.

While the citizens were perishing how do you think Idi Amin and his clique were living? If you have secured your future then you can afford to be arrogant (though I hope you secured your future in an honest manner).

If not and you are the one dismissing the international community then you are fool and don´t be jealous when you see the "blessed ones" enjoying their lives while you spend your days in bread handout queues for your family.
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0 #9 kelem 2014-03-12 11:31
You see!!
She is completely sold out so as to ear some more dollars. Cheap indeed
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-2 #10 Lakwena 2014-03-12 11:57
Quoting SlaMboole:
This valley dam swindler should be recalled with lightning speed. ... This kazibwe spent a colosal 2bn ugx to study a phd in Havard when peaple are dying needlessly from curable malaria and diarrhoea.

... if we had put this money to good use (Agriculture) Kazibwe would not be insulting us!


SlaMboole, just as there were ghost valley dams scattered throughout the cattle corridor; from Kiruhura, Kiboga, Nakasongola, up to Kotido; so is Kazibwe's ghost Harvard PhD.

Actually she is a ghost. Nobody should listen to her. Like for example: when she says, "... the law would have negative public health implications and serious consequences..."

What a [censored]ty, negative public health is this weird woman talking about?

Hail Mary, aren't the homosexuals (LGBT) who are a public health hazard? Aren't they the ones spreading, sh..t and aids, from men to women and back to men.
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-3 #11 Betty Long Cap 2014-03-12 12:44
Mr. President, tell us more about Russian foreign policy in colonial sub-Saharan Africa during the Bolshevik Russian Revolution of 1917 and World War I.

Don't expect a turn to the East to fill in the gap left by recent western talks in foreign aid cuts. Mr. Robert Mugabe is sorely disappointed with China's failure to float loans to bail him out of the black apartheid financial crisis.

You talked about "my oil". If your accounting for those huge expected oil rents is no better than your understanding of history and math skills, Ugandans ought to require full disclosure of your bank accounts and reconsider presidentialism . Embezzlement?

"Russia has worked in Africa since 1917, meaning they have been here for more than 100 years. I want to work with Russia because they don't mix up their politics with other countries' politics," Museveni said.
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-5 #12 Lakwena 2014-03-12 12:55
Quoting james:
Gay law was Museveni's political opportunism. ... For the Pastors,Clergym en,[C]hristians who celebrated,I still question their faith as I believe Jesus would not celebrate any person being jailed or sentenced for a crime,actually Jesus would weep for their souls.


No james, no wonder you don't capitalize your name, because you even lack self-respect.

James, it is the homosexuals that broke God's heart and he regretted having created man.

Call me a religious nut. In Gen 6:5-6 says '...the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The LORD said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.
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0 #13 Lakwena 2014-03-12 13:03
Even after drowning them in the Noah's story, they didn't stop there. God made a come back and blew them up in Sodom and Gomorrah under a volcanic fire and brimstone.

But they are back and many are flocking to Uganda. God tried the Aids virus. But wapi, man (the sexually evil Muzungu)came up with condom and ARV.

What a crazy world of sex maniacs. It is only God who knows what method of destruction he will met out on us because of rampaging prostitutes, homosexuals and supporter like Kazibwe.
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-6 #14 Betty Long Cap 2014-03-12 13:52
Quoting Lakwena:
... aren't the homosexuals (LGBT) who are a public health hazard? Aren't they the ones spreading, sh..t and aids, from men to women and back to men.


Good point, Lakwena: LGBT have a filthy lifestyle. HIV/AIDS is just one disease spread by sodomites. Men who think lesbians are a lot of fun ought to think twice how many other men they have had. 85% of lesbians are bisexual.
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-7 #15 SlaMboole 2014-03-12 14:03
Quoting Lakwena:
the homosexuals (LGBT) who are a public health hazard? Aren't they the ones spreading, sh..t and aids, from men to women and back to men.


Tue and well aruged Lakwena. if aid especially to health is denied then the poor gays will suffer more because the practice and told rapture their syphinter muscles and they are permanently in diapers or is it pumpers

but more importantly gov't should think more strategically about boarding schools and prison facilities. You know sending convicted homos to jail is like throwing fish in water. and the danger too is that they sodomise straight people therein. Govt needs to review this, we love these people but hate the practice and we should do all there is to correct the behaviour!
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+1 #16 Betty Long Cap 2014-03-12 14:27
Since when has Vladimir Putin steered clear of other countries' politics? Ukrainians only wish that were true.

Putin recently announced no country recognizing same-sex marriages may adopt Russian orphans. What Museveni really is saying is he likes Russian politics and ways.

I want to work with Russia because they don't mix up their politics with other countries' politics," Museveni said.
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-3 #17 Betty Nalubega 2014-03-12 15:08
Sorry Spe , but i don`t think that you have been fighting for the rights of every human being since childhood . Westerners that do not know you might buy that claim , but not us Ugandans who know that you have doing to the poor since you joined Museveni.

Where are the valley dams ? Don`t you think that humans have the right to drink clean water?

If you cared about human rights , how come you went to Havard where billions were spent on you and your family while women and children in your home area are being killed by jiggers ? How many patients have you treated since you returned from Havard ?

Be honest : you are opposed to this law because your own "sexual morals" are also questionable- not because you give a damn about Human Rights.
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-1 #18 Apollo Ekelot 2014-03-12 18:13
Honestly why can't the Specioza's and the so called "donors" leave Uganda alone! The whole country is behind this legislation and from the look of it Ugandans' are happy to endure aid cuts just so they are protected from this cultural "imperialism"

Before this law and the attacks by the west on Museveni for assenting to it, Museveni's popularity rating had totally plummeted and he would probably not be Uganda's president after 2016 but this consistent bashing of this law despite the fact that virtually everyone in Uganda is celebrating has given Museveni another lease of life! What if these gays obeyed the law and kept
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0 #19 Apollo Ekelot 2014-03-12 18:14
their sexual practices to themselves without as much as trying to recruit others to it?

By the way in Uganda defilement of young children the way gay pedophiles do; not withstanding the child's sex is a capital offence.

The only thing these donors are succeeding in doing is to give Museveni another chance to reinvent himself based on their faulty analysis of matters that affect Ugandans!
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+2 #20 Apollo Ekelot 2014-03-12 18:16
Both donors and Ugandans will lose in this thing (withdrawal of aid), it is only president Museveni and his cronies who will benefit from it.

The only benefit (at least) for Ugandans is that there is a law against what they dislike. What surprises me is that when Museveni is torturing, killing Ugandans, rigging elections, enacting draconian laws which have limited freedoms of Ugandans, these donors are quiet but now this law which is totally in line with the desires and aspirations of Ugandans is enacted, it is creating too much noise that the voice of reason is drown out.!
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