Arusha Times (Arusha)

2 February 2013

East Africa: EA Whispers

The politics of aid and homosexuality:

EANA--Germany has joined the train of western countries that have suspended aid to Uganda because their money has been embezzled. Some would say it is right. I am saying it is not. The other countries are Britain, Ireland, Denmark and Norway.

The aid money was meant for reconstruction in northern Uganda after years of destruction by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). In that new "moral" partnership, the Ugandan government was only an agent of the donors to the people of northern Uganda. That money never reached the people. In fact, they are much as victims of the embezzlement scam as are the taxpayers of the western countries.

By withholding aid to the government of Uganda, those western countries are actually punishing the people of northern Uganda. In other words, the people of northern Uganda are being double victims of the crisis. First, the money didn't reach them. Secondly, they have now been cut off from aid. Questions to be asked include whether the donors didn't have their share of blame in the whole scam or whether they have or did not benefit also from the scandal.

In any case, Danish kroners or Sterling Pounds are not legal tender in Uganda. So they must somehow, find their way back to where they came from. I find it hard to believe that in these days of watchful anti money laundering mechanisms and tough anti terrorism laws that could not be stemmed in the bud. I don't believe that the scandal only came to light after the report of Uganda's Controller and Auditor General became public.

It must have long been commonplace knowledge in donor circles. The donors are only acting to serve their skin because their taxpayers would raise hell. When that happens, their governments would say: "we suspended aid."Suspended aid or covered up for your own complicity? We all know where the late DR Congo's dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko's millions were hidden. Was that money ever taken back to DR Congo?

Secondly, is cutting aid the only option. Can't the other partners and agents such as churches, mosques and civil society in order to realise the intended objective of helping the people of northern Uganda rebuild their lives from the ashes of protracted war in the region?

Tagging aid to views or laws on homosexuality is very unfortunate indeed. The western world calls homosexuality, an abomination before the Throne of God, human rights. I guess it will soon be human rights also for one to marry his daughter, mother, father, brother, sister and son because in the world we live in, they are all quite strong traits too.

Because US President Barack Obama has described laws against homosexuality as "odious,"then the West wants Africa to believe that they are wrong on what is viewed on the continent as a perversion. It is neither human rights nor biological. Odious is an English word that partly means, hateful, horrible, abhorrent, loathsome, revolting, repulsive, repellant and detestable.

I want to ask the West. What is more odious? To fight what society clearly sees as a perversion or to have a man bend over another man in a sexual relationship? I think those elements of the western world who accept homosexuality as "normal" have also to accept the fact that other communities and societies hold different views.

Homosexuality is actually the new imperialism. Africa was colonized because our forefathers didn't know the enemy and because they couldn't unite to resist the enemy. We, of the present generation know the enemy better but like our forefathers, find it had to unite to resist him. I think the African Union needs to hold a summit on homosexuality and tell the world: "This is our stand."

The enemy plans for 50 or even a hundred years ahead. Behind the homosexuality agenda, is hidden new drive to recolonise Africa. Our forefathers never united against the enemy. We face the same fate if we don't.

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