The Uganda Government Chief Whip Justine Kasule Lumumba has encouraged government to review its priorities and make readjustments in the Budget in order to deal with the anticipated lapse in donor funding.
This comes after members of the donor community threatened to break ties with Uganda in protest of the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The Bill now awaiting the presidential assent criminalizes, outlaws and provides harsh jail terms for same sex relationships.
Early this week, US President Barrack Obama said the bill that President Yoweri Museveni has pledged to sign will mark a “step backward” for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on the country’s commitment to protect the human rights of its people. It also would represent a serious setback for anyone committed to freedom, justice and equal rights, Obama said.
United States is one of Uganda’s largest foreign aid donors. Uganda funds up to 81 percent of the total resource inflows of 13.16 trillion shillings.
Justine Lumumba says that as a sovereign state, Uganda should be ready to manage her own problems without undue influence from the donors. He says donors willing to support Uganda should do so unconditionally.