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BIG STORY: Tough Times Ahead As World Bank Suspends Funding To Uganda Over Anti-Homosexuality Bill

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Early this year, parliament of Uganda through Bugiri Municipality legislator tabled the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023 after the same having suffered a set back 9 years ago in 2014 when the Justice Steven- Kavuma led constitutional court desk shot it down on grounds of not enough quorum at the time of passing it on 21st December 2013.

This time round, parliament made sure no loopholes are left for the Andrew Mwendaz who have since petitioned the same constitutional court to nullify the newly signed Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023, despite silence from the court on when the proceedings will commence, the new law has already started biting the Ugandan economy.

The bill which is popular at home received applause from citizens and the enemies of the west but was condemned widely by the western powers especially Europe and the United States. President Joe Biden Would later issue a tough statement indicating that Uganda would suffer the consequences of such a tough law which comes with a death penalty, big fines and life imprisonment for those convicted on Homosexuality related cases.

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Many other western funded organizations threatened to pull out funding from Uganda over the same. The most critical in this is PEPFAR  which supports over one million Ugandans living with HIV/AIDS with medicine and other projects.

While addressing the legislators at Kyankwanzi, president Museveni revealed how he had received a call from some lady at the world bank who boldly told him that some sections of the bill are unfair and need to be rectified.

The bad news now is that World Bank which is one of the top creditors of Museveni’s government has suspended funding to Uganda due to the Anti Homosexuality Bill which they say contradicts it’s values. In a brief statement posted on their socials and websites, the World Bank says no new public financing will be presented to the board for financing.

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As of 2023, Uganda only supports it’s budget by 53% and the 47% is either from donors, loans, grants among others mostly from western powers and China.

Below is the full statement: 

“Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act fundamentally contradicts the World Bank Group’s values. We believe our vision to eradicate poverty on a livable planet can only succeed if it includes everyone irrespective of race, gender, or sexuality. This law undermines those efforts. Inclusion and non-discrimination sit at the heart of our work around the world.

Immediately after the law was enacted, the World Bank deployed a team to Uganda to review our portfolio in the context of the new legislation. That review determined additional measures are necessary to ensure projects are implemented in alignment with our environmental and social standards. Our goal is to protect sexual and gender minorities from discrimination and exclusion in the projects we finance. These measures are currently under discussion with the authorities.

No new financing to Uganda will be presented to our Board of Executive Directors until the efficacy of the additional measures has been tested.

Third-party monitoring and grievance redress mechanisms will significantly increase, allow us to take collective action as necessary.

The World Bank Group has a longstanding and production relationship with Uganda; and we remain committed to helping Ugandans-without exception-escape poverty, access vital services, and improve their lives.”

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