First lady hails residents over gays law

Saturday April 12 2014

By Cissy Makumbi & Julius Ocungi


First Lady and minister for Karamoja Affairs Janet Museveni has thanked Ugandans for standing firm when the western world threatened to withdraw aid over the passing of the anti-gays law.

She made the remarks during celebrations of Mothers Union Day of Mary at Bobi Sub-county in Gulu District on Sunday. She said Ugandans worked hard to dispel pressure that foreign forces had imposed on the country.
“We are happy that the world is changing and we hope it will continue changing for the best,” Ms Museveni said.

Ms Museveni asked the local population in Acholi sub-region, which is recovering from the two-decade LRA insurgency, to focus on food production to eradicate poverty in their homesteads.
“Food production is a prime factor in the upbringing of a family,” Ms Museveni said.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament and MP for Omoro County, Mr Jacob Oulanyah, said at a recent meeting in one of the western countries, he challenged them whether any of them is not a product of man and woman union.
“They all kept quiet. They should do what pleases them and leave us alone,” Mr Oulanyah said.

The Acholi cultural leader, Mr David Onen Acana II, recently lashed out at donors for attaching conditions on their aid. “The anti-gays Act proved that the country cannot tolerate an uncultured lifestyle,” says Rwot Acana.