Africans! “Wake up” and Work to Avoid “Sinful” Western Aid, Says Uganda’s President

Mike Pflanz, Telegraph (London), July 2, 2014

Aid that comes tied with demands for fair treatment of homosexuals is “unreligious” and “sinful”, and Africans do not need handouts if they “stop sleeping and work”, Uganda’s president has said.

Several Western countries reduced funding to Yoweri Museveni’s government in February after he signed into law new legislation imposing life sentences for being gay.

The aid cuts were welcome because they had “aroused” Ugandans and made them realise they needed to “undertake serious work” to build self-reliance, Mr Museveni told a religious conference in the capital, Kampala.

“Uganda does not need aid,” he said. “Uganda is so rich, we should be the ones to give aid. The only thing we need from the world is trade, if they can buy our products. Aid becomes important only when people are asleep.”

The only thing that Africans “do well”, the 69-year-old president said, was “multiply and fill the Earth”, while not working hard to ensure productivity to feed all the continent’s people. That, he said, was what led to reliance on aid.

It was “unreligious” to offer aid with strings attached, including demands to treat homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people equally with others, he said.

“That is a bad omen, you are committing a sin to offer that aid, or to receive it,” he said.

Mr Museveni has become known for his long speeches justifying his government’s anti-gay laws by claiming that homosexuality is a “lifestyle choice” and Western attempts to impose equality were “social imperialism”.

British aid had already been diverted away from directly funding the Ugandan government, and the GBP83 million that the Department for International Development spends annually in the country goes through approved charities.

The US last month cut aid, imposed visa restrictions and cancelled a military exercise it planned with the Ugandan army, in Barack Obama’s latest sanctions against Mr Museveni over the new laws.

Norway and Denmark had also earlier reduced their funding to Mr Museveni’s government. He has been in power for 28 years and appears unwilling to step down.

“The president is a religious man, he sees aid which comes from religious organisations that then add demands over gay people to be unreligious, and he is right that we don’t need it,” said Tamale Mirundi, a spokesman for Mr Museveni.

“In his speech he made clear that Uganda can be self-reliant, and the aid cuts have woken us up and invigorated us. The president has always opposed aid, from the beginning.”

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  • MekongDelta69

    Yes. Please. Do NOT take OUR tax dollars.

    Besides, Africans have been ‘asleep’ for 100,000 years.

    • APaige

      They would have done less damage if they really were sleeping.

  • The old Barbara Mandrell song goes: “If loving you is wrong, I don’t want to be right.”

    The black African says, “If taking handouts from white people is a sin, I don’t want to be a saint.”

    • propagandaoftruth

      “Africans! Wake up and Work.”

      There. Fixed it.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    This is good news. We shouldn’t be giving out foreign aid while we’re in debt in the first place, so if African nations don’t want it, we can save that money and use it for something that might actually help Americans instead.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Given Africa’s recent track record of economic “progress,” I’m afraid that African rejection of foreign aid will mean more Africans mass immigrating to western countries. Let’s stop foreign aid and seal those western borders before Mtumbo Ooga Booga Mpanga decides to immigrate to a nice white neighborhood near you.

      • StillModerated

        He’s no doubt looking for a little 12,000 square foot slum on the Riviera.

    • LHathaway

      lol, this is the one country we should help. It is us who are truly backwards in this world.

    • propagandaoftruth

      “In his speech he made clear that Uganda can be self-reliant, and the aid cuts have woken us up and invigorated us. The president has always opposed aid, from the beginning.”
      More power to ya, Idi! Get them down low brutha mens. Eat ’em. Soylent brown with a pink swirl for flourish…

  • Truthseeker

    Wow. An African leader I actually agree with.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Museveni is raycisss.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      But he is asking for the impossible.

      • MooTieFighter

        yep, not going to change anything.

  • LHathaway

    He’s a might, remarkable man, for a negro. Just a joke. . . .

    • MooTieFighter

      yea, don’t let one honest fleeting moment fool you.

  • Dave West

    Africans being productive? Give me a break!

  • dd121

    Yoweri and I have found common ground! Give me five.

  • italian guy

    They will have to get the aid even if they don’t want to, it’s a huge business and too many White “humanitarians” want a piece of that pie.

  • M.

    Actually, that’s an attitude to be encouraged, despite their whole medieval legislations and religiosity. If that’s what it’s gonna take for them to become self-sufficient and get off white countries’ backs, then so be it.

    That guy seems to view Africans merely “multiplying and filling the earth” as a bad thing, and so do we. So, go Mr. Museveni!

    • It’s interesting how when blacks get honest about their own people, they say the very same things we say and comment on! Now isn’t that the damnedest?

      • Your Name

        If whites made these statements, Eric Holder would charge them with hate crimes. Speaking the truth will get you fired, jail time, or worse. There clearly are two sets of laws in America.

      • ShermanTMcCoy

        All blacks know this to be true. This is why they are consumed with envy and a desire to destroy the white race through murder and miscegenation.

  • Steven Barr

    Interesting note, the entire Ugandan economy used to be run by Indians before Idi Amin kicked them out. Whatever his other failings you have to admire his love for his own.

  • journey

    Most of Mr. Museveni’s statements are quite reality related. Let’s see how long he will be around.

  • IstvanIN

    Uganda is not our problem, if they are hungry they can eat their gays for all I care, but we should stay out of their affairs.

  • MBlanc46

    Jeez, sounds as if Uganda has a more on-the-ball president than the US does.

  • WR_the_realist

    I think a life sentence for homosexuality is a tad harsh, but when Yoweri Museveni said:

    The only thing that Africans “do well”, the 69-year-old president said,
    was “multiply and fill the Earth”, while not working hard to ensure
    productivity to feed all the continent’s people.

    my jaw dropped. We have an African leader who spoke a truth no white liberal on Earth would ever dare utter.

    • HE2

      That line was a grabber. Cannot believe that I am in agreement with a notorious African tribal chief.

    • Ograf

      Wait a second. The punishment for being a homosexual is to be locked in with a bunch of other homosexuals ? Whatever shall they do ?

  • watling

    Trouble is, Uganda’s stance on gays means more Somalis, Congolese and anyone with vaguely dark skin, can roll up in [insert name of suicidally liberal white western nation here] and say they are from Uganda, and that therefore they are claiming asylum on the grounds that they would be persecuted if they went back home.

    We’ve already had this happen many times here in the UK, where the white liberals fall over themselves as they rush to provide housing and government handouts to these liars.

    • HE2

      Yes, and according to immigration agencies, alien gays seeking asylum are fast tracked to citizenship here.
      Probably by special edict of our down low community organizer.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    And while you’re at it, stop all that rapin’, robbin’ and killin.’

    That’s what I thought.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    But not hostility against gays with pushy agendas. My gay friends are the salt of the earth who attempt to offend no one, and therefore, are always welcome in my home, even around my children. The other type can go to blazes, for all I care.

  • Alucard_the_last

    It is a credit to its ‘race’. As long as we feed these cattle, the more they eat. A few weeks of hunger will give them the incentive to work.

  • MooTieFighter

    This dude nailed it!!! “The only thing that Africans do well, the 69-year-old president said, was multiply and fill the Earth, while not working hard to ensure productivity to feed all the continent’s people.”

  • I agree. African’ts should stop sleeping. In fact, it should probably be illegal for them to sleep. Perhaps the producers of “gangsta” rap could be convinced to push chronic insomnia as a new aspect of black culture.

  • “The only thing that Africans “do well”, the 69-year-old president said,
    was “multiply and fill the Earth”, while not working hard to ensure
    productivity to feed all the continent’s people”.

    That is an hilarious admission of how things are. I can see that gem of a quote being used quite a lot in the future.

    He is also right about the “social imperialism” – so well done that man. I hope they do shun our aid money and try and take some pride in proving the stereotype wrong.

    • Africans did a first-rate job at turning Rhodesia from the breadbasket of southern Africa into a… well… whatever it is now.

      • A “dynamic, vibrant and exciting mixture”…… parts of London, Marseilles, Malmo, Detroit…..etc. The kinds of place that liberals yearn to create and marvel at.

  • UncleSham

    I wonder if this version of African pride which seeks to avoid taking money from White people could catch on in America?

  • African “leaders” resent the West’s insistence on tolerance for gays as a condition for economic aid, but I imagine gays in the developed West who pay taxes that provide some of this assistance equally resent having to support these African regimes, obsessed as they are with sexual behavior while the citizenry for which they are nominally responsible starves and dies of disease.

  • A straw man attack. My suspicion is that once SCotUS hears a gay marriage case, they will rule laws against it unconstitutional. Whichever side one wishes to take on this issue, an honest individual must recognize that the regulations against gay marriage violate the provisions for equal protection under the law.

    • me

      Let gays be married. Why should heterosexuals have all the misery? Just so long as they can’t adopt, I’m okay with it.

  • me

    Wherever did you get that little bit of propaganda? Let’s talk about AIDS. It’s reaching epidemic proportions among homosexual males, both in the USA and abroad. That alone is enough reason for Museveni to be concerned, since AIDS is the number one killer in Africa right now.

  • jayvbellis

    Sounds like a good guy.

    I hope the idiots at the Guardian Newspaper go to Uganda or Russia and try to cause trouble.

    Cannibal’s pot in Uganda
    Hard labor camp in Siberia

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    I think the “marriage license” is an outmoded document in a post-Christian amoral secular society. They should all be replaced by some kind of domestic partnership legal contract. My understanding of the Bible teachings is that homosexuality is a sin which is anathema to the Church (and please let’s not argue that, as its already been done ad nauseum).

    So (as I did when I married my wife in Switzerland) I got a legal contract from the Rathaus, which we duly signed before witnesses, sort of like getting a will) and then we went to the church, where we made our vows before God.

    I love my friend and his partner, and would never condemn him. But he knows my beliefs and I know his. And that is where it stays. He doesn’t make open shows of affection around me and my children, and my wife and I give him and his friend the same courtesy. It’s called peaceful co-existence, and your question was misguided and snarky. That sort of attitude is something I’ve found only in the US, and one of the reasons I avoid traveling there whenever possible.