By Spy Uganda
President Yoweri Museveni has criticised the World Bank’s decision to suspend new funding to Uganda in response to a anti-LGBTQ law and has promised to find alternative sources of credit.
Museveni said in a statement on Thursday that Uganda was trying to reduce borrowing and would not give in to pressure from foreign institutions.
“It is, therefore, unfortunate that the World Bank and other actors dare to want to coerce us into abandoning our faith, culture, principles and sovereignty, using money. They really underestimate all Africans,” he said.
Museveni said that if Uganda needs to borrow, it could tap other sources and oil production expected to start by 2025 would provide additional revenues.
He said he hoped the World Bank would reconsider its decision, which could force the country to revise its budget.
The World Bank said on Tuesday that the law contradicted its values and it would suspend new funding until it could test measures to prevent discrimination in projects it finances.
“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,” it said in a statement.
The government will ask parliament to vote on a revised budget for July 2023 to June 2024 to reflect the potential financial impact of the lending suspension, junior finance minister Henry Musasizi told parliament on Thursday.
In June, the United States imposed visa restrictions on some Ugandan officials in response to the law. President Joe Biden also ordered a review of US aid to Uganda but of course all this sounds nonsense to most Africans and specifically Ugandans who have made it clear that homosexuality is evil and will never be tolerated.