Uganda: Anti-gays launch campaign against US, UK, Canada…

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Anti gays in Uganda have resolved to mobilize Ugandans to stop buying goods from United States and the other countries which are threatening to cut aid to Uganda due to the controversial anti gay bill.

The chairman of national task force against sodomy, pastor Martin Sempa
said during a press interview in Kampala that it is unfortunate that countries like USA have openly come out to attack Uganda because of the bill and even threatened to remove it from from countries benefitting from AGOA.

Sempa said, “Most Ugandans do not support homosexuality. We are to launch a campaign against consumption of US, UK, and Canada products in Uganda if those countries continue to threaten our country because of the anti gay bill. We will make people stop buying Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola and other products from USA.”

Ugandan observers however claim that while the government might not tolerate Sempa’s declarations due to the high economic stakes, Sempa’s threats, if realised, could prove risky for Ugandans as it could put a high number of people out of work.

Only a week ago, Uganda’s minister of state for investment, Aston Kajara, expressed regrets over how the proposed bill had already started affecting foreign investment into the country. “Ever since the anti-gay bill was tabled, there has been outcries not only here but from allover the world against it. This is likely to affect the flow of foreign investors into the country,” he said.

In a recent statement, President Museveni urged Ugandans supporting the anti gay bill to go slow because it would affect the country’s foreign policy while hinting on the partnership between the east African country and the international community. “We need to handle it carefully because some of our international partners live with it. We have our values but need to know that we are partners with those developed countries,” Museveni said.

But Sempa says that the United States and her allies who are threatening Uganda over the anti gay bill are not the only countries in the world where Uganda can import goods. “Uganda can buy goods from some Asian countries which are today economic giants. We can buy from China, India and other countries who respect our dignity.”

The controversial anti-gay bill which was tabled in Uganda’s parliament by a member of parliament, in November last year, has attracted attention of Human Rights organizations and countries, who say that the punishments are too harsh.

Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda  The Anti-Homosexuality Bill introduced in 2009 by MP David Bahati seeks to impose the death penalty on gay men who are HIV-positive for “aggravated homosexuality”. In Uganda today, homosexuality is already a crime punishable by a prison life term. This proposed law would not only condemn HIV positive gay men and "repeat offenders" to death, it would also jail for three years anyone who knows a gay man but refuses to report them to the authorities. In addition to that, anyone who defends gay rights in public will be sentenced to seven years in prison.
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