Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo is crying foul after the Obama administration cut funding to Uganda and cancelled a regional military exercise over the new bill signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni that criminalizes homosexuality. Opondo said the Obama administration’s action was blackmail.
“We think it is simply blackmail,” Opondo told VOA. Adding, “We have said it before, homosexuality is not a fundamental human right. In our own constitution, it is not guaranteed as a fundamental right.”
The U.S. announced on Thursday it had canceled plans for a U.S.-sponsored military exercise to be held in Uganda. The Obama administration also barred Ugandans who were believed to be involved in human rights abuses from enterting the U.S.
Opondo also said President Museveni’s chances at being invited to a White House summit of African leaders in August is in jeopardy over the U.S. opposition to the new law.
Homosexuality is considered a crime in 38 African countries.