The Observer (Kampala)

6 March 2014

Uganda: Same-Sex Talk Will Not Ruin Uganda's Economy

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This should help the country promote domestic tourism ahead of the seasonal foreign clientele. In the end, the fear that the anti-gay law has created will find an economy that continues to promise a lot but is only held back by the high level of bureaucracy and the deeply-rooted corruption in government corridors.

We should only get worried if companies decide to pack up and leave because of the law. There is a lot that could influence an exodus of that nature, and an anti-gay law cannot be one of them. Norway has Norwegian firms like Tronder Power, which is in charge of a power plant at Bugoye in western Uganda.

France, which says it is concerned by Uganda's legislation on homosexuals, has Total E&P, one of the biggest multinational firms in the country, exploring for oil in Albertine grabben.

So, let's all relax and wait for this anti-gay hullabaloo to simply pass on. Whichever side you are on, there are surely more urgent matters to fix within the economy than worry about sex of whatever nature.

Twitter: @jeff_mbanga

The author is the business editor at The Observer

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