Uganda slapped with aid cuts over anti-gay bill

People read Uganda's local dailies in Kampala on February 25, 2014. On Monday, President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill into law which holds that repeat homosexuals should be jailed for life, outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and requires people to denounce gays. Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images

KAMPALA, Uganda – Uganda’s government has been hit with substantial aid cuts after the president enacted a severe anti-gay measure.

At least three European countries are withdrawing millions in direct support to Uganda’s government, which depends on donors for about 25 per cent of its budget.

The Netherlands said in statement seen Thursday that it is suspending support to Uganda’s government, joining Norway and Denmark in taking such action. Norway is withdrawing $8 million, but it was not clear how much the others were withholding.

Washington has also signalled it could cut aid to the East African country.

Ugandans officials are reacting with scorn.

Uganda’s president on Wednesday told African leaders attending a summit in Congo that although the matter of gay rights is “dear” to the West, “even the homosexuals need electricity.”


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