World Bank Threats Won’t shut us Down – Deputy Speaker Tayebwa Asserts

KAMPALA – The Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament of Uganda, Rt Hon Thomas Tayebwa, has offered reassurance to the Ugandan populace in the face of the World Bank’s decision to suspend funding for projects in the country following the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023. He emphasized that Uganda will not succumb to these threats, urging citizens to remain composed and resolute.

The World Bank’s recent move to halt future financial support for projects in Uganda is rooted in concerns over human rights violations triggered by the new anti-homosexuality law. The Bank’s statement highlighted the necessity for Ugandan authorities to establish comprehensive policies safeguarding marginalized communities, including LGBTQ+ individuals, before funding can resume.

In May, President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act into law, imposing severe penalties, including the potential for a death sentence in cases of “aggravated homosexuality.” This legislation was met with widespread condemnation from international human rights organizations and Western nations, with the United States even raising the possibility of sanctions.

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Speaking before the Parliament today, Tayebwa addressed the nation, urging them to remain steadfast and composed amidst the situation. He emphasized that the decision to pass the law was a well-considered one, acknowledging the anticipated consequences.

Tayebwa underscored the importance of projecting strength and resilience, as any display of panic or weakness would undermine the Parliament’s conviction in its actions.

“I urge you not to give in to fear and uncertainty. The challenges we face were foreseen when we made our decision. We stand united and resolute in our stance as a legislative body. Exhibiting confidence in the face of adversity is a testament to our understanding of the path we have chosen. Let us remember that we anticipated these challenges and remain composed,” Tayebwa conveyed.

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