David Bahati, the Ugandan lawmaker who initiated the controversial Anti Homosexuality law has said that the United States government is playing double standards and using its financial support to blackmail Uganda.
The law assented to by President Yoweri Museveni has met criticism across the globe with several western countries branding it harsh, cruel and inhumane.
On Thursday, the United States government announced a number of actions against Uganda and a number of unidentified individuals in retaliation for the stance against LGBT communities. The actions include sanctions to restrict entry into the United States of specific Ugandan individuals involved in serious violations or abuses of human rights against LGBT individuals.
The United States Government also announced that it was discontinuing a $2.4 million program in support of the community-policing program, relocating up to US$3 million planned for a public health institute to another African country and cancelling plans to conduct the Department of Defense’s Africa Partnership Flight exercise in Uganda.
Several other Western donors halted or re-directed about USD $118 million in aid to Uganda before the Thursday announcement.
But David Bahati says Uganda is a sovereign state with a duty to defend its independence against western infiltration and suppression. He adds that Uganda currently is funding up to 81 percent of its budget and cannot therefore wither after being threatened with budget and aid cuts.
He further described the actions by the Obama administration as unfortunate and absurd.
Bahati further states that Ugandan leaders cannot be threatened by sanctions because many would choose fighting for the Ugandan values of Uganda as opposed to a United States Visa.