The ruling party leaders yesterday asked American President Barack Obama to stop the “bullying mentality” by threatening to cut aid to Uganda if President Museveni signs a Bill that seeks to make gay-sex punishable with life imprisonment.
The NRM Parliamentary Caucus leadership headed by Chief Whip Justine Lumumba was addressing journalists on the 22 resolutions from the Kyankwanzi retreat.
Responding to threats from Obama that his country and Uganda’s relationship would be “complicated” if President Museveni assents to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Ms Lumumba said: “Obama should know that Uganda is a sovereign state with its own cultures.
We cannot be intimidated. We got views of the scientists on this matter and if the aid from the US is accompanied with homosexuality, we don’t want it. We can manage with our little resources; the good thing the budget is now financed 80 per cent by ourselves.”
Members reminded President Obama that Ugandans were “tired of lectures on homosexuality” and that they should not be treated like “children”. They urged President Museveni not to be intimidated and do what he thinks is right. The lawmakers also advised the government to prepare for any eventualities in case the donors cut aid.
Among the 22 resolutions made in Kyakwanzi is one that seeks to suspend funding to various secondary schools under the Universal Secondary Education (USE).
The Caucus resolved that government uses the Shs50 billion which is being spent on private schools annually to construct public schools in the 2,000 sub-counties which have no government-aided schools.