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Enduring Freedom

The army will take over the Miss Uganda beauty contests in order to attract young people into the agricultural sector so as to solve problems of hunger and poverty among the youth in the country.

This was revealed by Gen Caleb Akandwanaho aka Salim Saleh, the presidential adviser on military matters. “We are almost signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Miss Uganda Foundation because we want to choose the next Miss Uganda basing on agriculture and this is intended to interest the young people into the sector,” Gen Saleh said.

Army to take over Miss Uganda beauty contest (Lilian Namagembe, Daily Monitor)

Via Barry Malone

Pic: Wikipedia

Previously: Call Me Kuchu

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The trailer for an award-winning film about the inordinately brave folk risking their lives to advocate gay rights in Uganda.

In Uganda, a new bill [the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014, previously known as the ‘Kill The Gays Bill’] threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato, Uganda’s first openly gay man, and retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo work against the clock to defeat state-sanctioned homophobia while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes their movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world.

Related: Despite new law, Ugandan cleric openly ministers to gays (CTV News)

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[Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni]

The Ugandan government is defending strict anti-gay proposals that would jail homosexuals for life, even if it means losing the country’s foreign aid.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has announced he would sign the anti-homosexuality legislation into law, despite warnings from Western allies, the Agence France-Presse reported.
“We shall not care losing the financial support from our partners if only we are left alone,” said Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo, adding that Ugandans would rather “die poor than live in an immoral nation.”

Uganda Defends Anti Gay Law Despite Foreign pressure (Wahsington Post)

Pic: Forward.com

How Tullow can you go?

…However, digging a little deeper into the history of Irish aid to Uganda reveals a rather more complicated picture than the unfortunate Irish citizen being ripped off by some crooks in the Ugandan administration.

The current Irish aid programme to Uganda was initiated in 2010 while Micheal Martin was the Minister for Foreign Affairs.  It is worth €166 million over a four year period.   It came at a time when intense negotiations were in train between international oil companies and the Uganda government over contracts to develop the country’s burgeoning oil industry.

One of the major players involved was and continues to be Tullow Oil…

 

Read On: Irish Aid, Tullow Oil and Uganda (PaddyJoe, Political World.org)

Tullow Oil?

From Amnesty International (NZ):

Last week, activists in Uganda held their first Gay Pride. In a country where homosexuality is punishable by death, this was incredibly brave, and is a huge step forward for human rights.

 

Amnesty International (Facebook)