Uganda President Yoweri Museveni led a homophobic hate march to drum up more hate for LGBTI people yesterday (31 March).
Speaking to thousands of supporters, religious leaders and politicians in Kampala, he said Uganda could live without Western aid.
International outrage has led to around $118 million (€85m) being halted or redirected in aid as punishment for the law that punishes homosexuality with life in prison.
‘When you hear these Europeans saying they are going to cut aid ... we don't need aid in the first place,’ Museveni said.
‘A country like Uganda is one of the richest on earth.’
Not quite, as around 20% of Uganda’s annual budget relies on international aid.
Several rallies have taken place across Uganda since the law was signed, all calling for public support to ‘abolish’ homosexuality.
Pastor Martin Ssempa organized the march in Kampala yesterday.
‘We stand by our president and our parliament for enacting the law. This is a day to say no to sodomy,’ he said in local media.
Notorious in Uganda for opposing homosexuality, the pastor has screened extreme gay porn to crowds in order to drum up support for the killing of LGBTI people.
Ssempa has also claimed it is common for gay men to ‘eat the poo-poo’.
On social media, some Uganda religious leaders have called the marches a ‘Pride’ to be proud of.
‘That is so disgusting,’ Pepe Julian Onziema, Uganda LGBTI activist told Gay Star News.
‘How can they compare a march for love and acceptance and tolerance with a march for hate?
‘They should not even speak the word. No, it is very unacceptable to even compare it.’
Onziema, who was featured in a Uganda tabloid’s 200 top ‘homos’, said it was very dangerous for ‘so-called Christians’ to drum up support for the law.
‘If they were real Christians, they would be protecting minority Ugandans and not encouraging the majority to promote homophobia.’
The activist was part of the 50 civil society groups who filed a petition against the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda’s Constitutional Court this month.