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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0 #21 Apollo Ekelot 2014-03-12 18:18
The mood in Uganda is that the president has done well. The haggling over this law started way back in 2009 and since then Museveni had bought into the donor blackmail and kept delaying its assent!

What bothers me about this all thing is that gays “recruit” others especially children into their act. why for goodness sake do people have to be recruited, I thought sex should occur naturally?
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+5 #22 gulimunda 2014-03-12 19:46
The president is just looking for votes come 2016.
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-5 #23 Francis 2014-03-12 20:11
By runing gay stories, we are simply dancing to the tune of gay agenda!!!!
The Observer should never again publish gay stuffs, its just disgusting period!
I promise never ever to comment on Gay matters, much as they hurts me!
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+3 #24 Jamie 2014-03-13 00:23
This woman should be president now!! Thank god theres some Ugandan with a brain cell!
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-2 #25 Lakwena 2014-03-13 07:46
Quoting Francis:
By runing gay stories, we are simply dancing to the tune of gay agenda!!!!
The Observer should never again publish gay stuffs, its just disgusting period!
I promise never ever to comment on Gay matters, much as they hurts me!


No Francis, The Ugandan homosexuals (LGBT) are on the offensive. On the 3rd March 2013, 9:05am; they issued a fresh 20 guidelines, how to fight Ugandans by expunging the anti-homos law(see https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7vff5WFzdl5cmhDYXFGLUxtbThTOTJvcVp.

Some of the guidelines includes economic sabotage, complete with multinational allies to back them up. At the same time they are also fundraising.

This is a war Francis: a battle between the forces of good and evil; between the forces of decadence and decency.
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-4 #26 Lakwena 2014-03-13 07:47
That means, it is also an economic war, and the survival for the fittest. It is a battle between organized crime syndicate and human dignity.

Therefor don't back off. It is a battle between health and happiness and that of viral epidemics and human misery.

It is a battle between the forces of social harmony and that of family discord and anarchy.

It is an industrial complex machination. It is being waged under the hood of the defense of human rights (evil rights), alias the banner/flag of the United Nations.
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-3 #27 Humless 2014-03-13 09:43
This woman is shameless. Examine her life and you will agree with me. Such category of people the likes of the above have nothing to offer because they have never done anything reasonable for this country so let them talk to expose more of their wickedness.

kazibwe you have no legacy to leave behind just scandles after scandles,you are infact scandrous
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-3 #28 Betty Long Cap 2014-03-13 12:00
Quoting Francis:
The Observer should never again publish gay stuffs, its just disgusting period!


Francis, your point is very understandable but impractical. Uganda has a sodomite community and how Parliament deals with that reality has become of universal concern.

In the Old Testament, sodomites were forced to leave the land not imprisoned; in the New Testament, they were turned over to reprobate minds.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3:16

Abraham Lincoln in his house divided speech, recognized the United States could not remain half freemen half enslaved. The gay agenda used that reasoning to destroy the basic concept of marriage. America could not have same sex marriages recognized in some states and not all.

Uganda has been called to uphold a higher standard of morality.
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0 #29 Mweru Samuel Byachi 2014-03-13 12:23
Hon. Kazibwe's statements illustrate what many educated Ugandans are: they lose common sense. I am telling you we need aid but we can reduce its intake if we cut down on the cost of public administration.

80% of our people do not bother about your donors:they take their kids to UPE/USE, use herbs, deliver locally etc though these are not desirable conditions.

Govt shd simply be more serious and stimulate production and thus our incomes. Premier Mayiga of Buganda hows you that you can mobilise resources locally if you so decide. Yet we are busy hopelessly begging. We can reduce HIV infection rates if we slightly used a rude approach.
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+2 #30 pitogo 2014-03-13 17:13
Ugandans we are still backward to understand so many things in our country Mr. Slamboole saying Mrs kazibwe had stolen money the for the valley dam ,you don't know who is chief thief in Uganda used kazibwe as thief , she was not the one , the money was taken by our boss , this is good lady but the name was spoiled by chief thief Uganda,
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