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Uganda stands strong: World Bank funding halt doesn’t faze nation

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In a controversial move, the World Bank recently suspended new funding to Uganda in response to the implementation of a harsh anti-LGBTQ law.

However, despite this setback, President Yoweri Museveni has remained steadfast in his commitment to his nation’s sovereignty and independence. In a statement released on Thursday, President Museveni criticized the World Bank’s decision and assured the people of Uganda that alternative sources of credit would be found.

Since assuming office in 1986, President Museveni has been widely recognized for his leadership and his ability to navigate complex political waters. He has successfully guided Uganda through difficult times and has made significant strides in the development and growth of the nation’s economy. Today, Uganda stands as one of the most vibrant and promising economies in Africa, with a projected start of oil production by 2025 that promises to further boost revenues.

President Museveni’s response to the World Bank’s funding halt reflects his unwavering determination to protect the values, culture, and principles of the Ugandan people. He believes that no foreign institution has the right to coerce Uganda into abandoning its faith or compromising its sovereignty. In his statement, Museveni expressed disappointment with the World Bank’s attempt to use money as a means of manipulating the nation. He firmly believes that the World Bank underestimates the resilience and resolve of the African people.

While the suspension of World Bank funding does pose challenges, President Museveni remains optimistic and resourceful. He has already announced plans to seek credit from other sources, highlighting the nation’s ability to tap into alternative avenues for financial support. Additionally, with oil production on the horizon, Uganda stands on the brink of a new era marked by increased revenues and economic stability.

The World Bank Halts Funding in Uganda Over anti-LGBTQ laws

Uganda stands strong: World Bank funding halt doesn't faze nation
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was applauded by supporters after signing an anti-homosexuality law in May [File: Abubaker Lubowa/Reuters]
Amid mounting concerns over a discriminatory law in Uganda, the World Bank announced on Tuesday its decision to suspend new funding until measures are implemented to prevent discrimination in the projects it finances. The global financial institution, driven by its commitment to promoting inclusivity and eradicating poverty, emphasized that the law contradicts its core values and hampers efforts toward a more equitable world.

The law in question, which has sparked international outrage, undermines efforts to eliminate poverty by excluding individuals on the basis of race, gender, and sexuality. In a statement released by the World Bank, they highlighted the importance of inclusion and non-discrimination as fundamental principles that shape their work worldwide. This development creates significant implications for Uganda, as it relies on the Bank’s assistance in various sectors to foster economic growth and development.

Clarifying their stance, the World Bank made it evident that the funding suspension would only apply to new projects in Uganda, not the $5.2 billion existing portfolio. This decision reflects the Bank’s recognition of the importance of preserving ongoing initiatives while ensuring accountability and adherence to its principles. However, the identified concerns must be addressed promptly for future collaborations and funding to recommence.

Budget Revision Required

Uganda stands strong: World Bank funding halt doesn't faze nation
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni.

As a consequence of the funding suspension, the Ugandan government will seek parliamentary approval for a revised budget to account for the potential financial impact. Junior finance minister Henry Musasizi announced that the government would present the revised budget for the period of July 2023 to June 2024, demonstrating the seriousness with which Uganda views the situation. The revised budget will reflect the repercussions of the lending suspension and further emphasize the need for prompt resolution.

The international response to the discriminatory law in Uganda has been swift and robust. In June, the United States imposed visa restrictions on certain Ugandan officials in response to the law, signaling disapproval and concern over the violation of individual rights. Additionally, President Joe Biden ordered a comprehensive review of U.S. aid to Uganda, further highlighting the seriousness with which the international community views the situation.


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