East Africa

Ugandan ambassadors face hard time over anti-gay law

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The African Report reported recently that a number of Ugandan ambassadors on foreign missions have pleaded with parliamentarians to explain anti-gay laws that were recently passed by the legislature, as they were having a hard time explaining these to their host nations.

Some ambassadors claim that some foreign capitals have threatened to shut down Ugandan embassies, due to what they describe as the draconian anti-gay laws passed by the East African nation’s parliament last December.

We are receiving a lot of pressure due to that act

The head of Uganda’s mission in Canada, Alintuma Nsambu told an annual meeting of Ugandan ambassadors in Kampala on Tuesday that he was having a hard time in Ottawa since the anti-gay bill was passed.

“We are receiving a lot of pressure due to that act,” he said. “I got messages that Canada is considering ending its relations with Uganda. I was called by some officials in Canada to give a clear explanation about the anti-gay act.”

Nsambu said he declined an invitation to explain the new law because he was not well versed with the act.

The African nation’s ambassador to Italy also said she is facing the same problems following the passing of the much maligned law.

The U.S. Department of State says it is “deeply concerned by the Ugandan Parliament’s passage of anti-homosexuality legislation”.

In response, Prime Minister, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi said legislators were still consulting on the matter with the ruling party.

He said he would raise the matter at the coming party caucus, but he reiterated that homosexuality was not good for Ugandans. He, however, said was against the life imprisonment sentence, the bill wants to impose.

The anti-gay bill was passed in December in a hastily held parliament seating, which some critics say did not have a quorum to pass a bill due to the absence of most legislators.

President Yoweri Museveni has said he will not sign the bill until he fully understands it.

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By Godfrey Olukya

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