By Jumah Nsubuga
Members of parliament from Uganda parliament have attacked US president Barrack Obama for threatening to withdraw foreign aid from Uganda if president Museveni assents on Anti-Homosexuality bill.
Mr Obama’s threats came after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said at the weekend that he would sign the bill into law following an explanation by “medical experts” saying “homosexuality is not genetic.
He (Obama) said that “enacting an anti-gay law would complicate relations with the US. He added that “It will be a step backward for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people.” People should be treated equally and ‘should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, no matter who they are or whom they love,” He added
Speaking to our reporter at parliament yesterday ,the angry legislators said that the president to assent on Anti-Homo bill is another struggle to the independence. “We appreciate the support of our development partners but we also recoorganise our culture. Homosexuality goes against the values of what we are as people” Said Kole County MP Fred Ebilu (UPC).
“The onus is the president to sign the bill now if he wants to retain his position as the president of this country come 2016.He must sign the bill unless he wants to become the UN secretary general” Hon Ebilu added.
Meanwhile Ntenjuru south MP Patrick Nsanja noted that, “Uganda’s relationship with America has long existed. It has not only existed based on economic values but also socials cultural and mutual aspects. The cutting of aid from Uganda will be unfortunate especially the fact that many American organizations have championed in the cause of fighting corruption, HIV/AIDS virus and poverty” He said.
Mr Nsanja also added that “Uganda has values to protect just the way Uganda government has protected American citizens who are staying here. I would really call for the harmony among the two presidents”.
Kiboga East MP Peter Kabajjo (NRM) noted that “It is America’s choice to withdraw their aid from Uganda but we must protect our culture and Ugandans need some respect despite America’s aid. We are signing the bill for Ugandans not for Americans. Mr Obama to come out and start threatening us is the sign of disrespecting Ugandans”.
“We need to keep our pride and dignity and go on with our life without their aid. Uganda is not going to collapse because of Obama threats” Hon Kabajjo stressed.
Karungu East MP Vincent Ssempijja said that “We should stop to depend on foreign aid if we want to gain our dignity. Uganda is an independent country of which foreign countries should stop threatening us. Am not surprised to hear such statements from Mr Obama and he will continue issuing such statements unless Uganda sustains itself economically. We should really think about working for self-sustenance” He said.