Don't cut ties with Uganda; that's an anti-gay trap

Published: February 26, 2014

 The Rev. Canon Kapya Kaoma, an Episcopal priest from Zambia and a project director at Political Research Associates, predicted last month that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni would sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.  Now that Museveni has done so, Kaoma discusses what’s to be done now. He warns that some LGBT advocates’ calls for countries to cut diplomatic ties to Uganda is exactly what Museveni hopes will happen.

WARNING: U.S. LGBTQ Organizations Falling Into Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Trap
On February 24, the world woke up to the news that President Yoweri Museveni finally signed the anti-gay bill into law. This is despite his initial promise to President Barack Obama that he would await scientific evidence before signing the bill. Many people took that assurance as goodwill from Museveni, but I did not. On Saturday, Museveni indicated that he would deal with Russia, as opposed to nations that want to get involved in his country’s affairs — clearly pointing to U.S. President Obama’s opposition to the anti-gay bill. It is Russia, which is the cover to African countries’ actions on homosexuality.
Museveni’s actions should be understood from a political perspective. Museveni’s potential challenger is Speaker Rebecca Kadaga — whose reputation rose after her encounter with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird in October 2012, during the 127th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Quebec. Aside from saying that Uganda was neither a colony nor protectorate of Canada, Kadaga promised to pass the Kill the Gays Bill as a Christmas present to Ugandans. Upon her return to Uganda, Kadaga was met by hundreds of thousands of Ugandans and anti-gay pastors—celebrating her as a courageous leader.
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