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Ugandan Government spokesman says “we don’t need your aid” to US over gay issue

Ugandan Government spokesman says “we don’t need your aid” to US over gay issue

Following a statement by President Barack Obama that passing the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill would damage diplomatic relations between Uganda and the US, a spokesman for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said his country can do without US aid.

Government spokesman Tamale Mirundi compared the US asking Uganda to decriminalize homosexuality to it telling Ugandans that women must strip off and walk around naked, telling Nation TV, ‘[You] talk about homosexuality when the people don’t even want to talk about it.’

‘The President cannot be intimidated. If you want to get anything from the President you negotiate with him.

‘If you use the aid or other strings you are inciting the population in Uganda to rally behind the President.’

When a journalist pointed out that the US gives Uganda most of its humanitarian and development aid, Mirundi said, ‘well, we can do without it.’

Museveni had originally said that he would not sign the bill into law unless a team of Ugandan scientists could prove homosexuality was not genetic.

However the scientists reported back to him claiming that it was a learned behavior so he said he will pass the law.