19 Dec 2011- Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has warned that cutting foreign aid over gay rights would also affect gay men and lesbians.
Museveni was responding to a memorandum signed earlier this month by President Barack Obama which ties some foreign aid to gay rights.
“Before anyone gives me a lecture about homosexuals and their rights, first talk about railways,” Museveni said. “Homosexuals also need electricity, homosexuals also need roads, homosexuals also need railways.”
Museveni was speaking at a regional meeting in Kampala attended by five other African presidents. His comments drew applause.
MP David Bahati in 2009 introduced a controversial bill that would increase the penalties for being gay in a nation where it is already punishable by up to life in prison. The measure proposes putting repeat offenders to death under certain circumstances. It also would criminalize discussion of homosexuality and penalized a person who knowingly rents to a person who is gay or lesbian. The bill was recently re-introduced in the Ugandan parliament.