Monday, May 29, 2023 –United States of America USA has started cracking the whip against African nations banning same sex practice.
The American administration, today Monday May 29, came out with a raft of sanctions against any government that will discriminate the LGBTQ society.
In a statement by the US, President Joe Biden condemned the move by Ugandan government which finally signed the LGBTQ Bill into law after Members of the Parliament had passed it.
“I join with people around the world—including many in Uganda—in calling for its immediate repeal,” President Biden said.
In his views, the head of the most powerful Country added that the Act was a threat to those in Uganda including US citizens.
In that regard, he asked his National Security Council to evaluate some of the key aids the US has been donating to Uganda, and if possible, stop some so that to force President Yoweri Museveni to repeal the law.
“As such, I have directed my National Security Council to evaluate the implications of this law on all aspects of U.S. engagement with Uganda, including our ability to safely deliver services under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other forms of assistance and investments.
“My Administration will also incorporate the impacts of the law into our review of Uganda’s eligibility for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA),” he added.
President Biden further said, his administration was deliberating the application of sanctions and restriction of entry into the US and that this will apply to anyone who was involved in criminalising homosexuality and those against the LGBTQ+ community.
The law signed by President Yoweri Museveni today was passed by legislators in March but was returned to the Parliament for amendment.
President Museveni, in April, returned the Bill to the Parliament with a memorandum to only punish same-sex actions.
The law is now limited to gay sexual acts and people convicted under this clause face life imprisonment.