President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photo during a reception at the Metropolitan Museum in New York with H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, and Mrs. Museveni, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
In the wake of the signing of the anti-gay law in Uganda, many countries especially the US, vowed to cut aid and also solidify diplomatic relations to Uganda.
As countries come up to freeze aid to the Ugandan government, Obama has instead sent a group of skilled soldiers to work with the UPDF, in order to bring down Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord Resistance Movement (LRA). So much for cutting diplomatic relations.
The US insists that this does not remove Obama’s warning to Uganda about the passing of the anti-gay law.
“Ensuring justice and accountability for human rights violators like the LRA and protecting” the rights of gay and transgendered persons “are not mutually exclusive,” said Grant Harris, senior African affairs director for the National Security Council .
This move still, keeps every one wondering whether Obama was just bluffing about cutting aid or if he’s interested in any thing else in Uganda.
It should be remembered that the LRA intensely went on for more than 20 years and the US and all the other countries remained tight lipped and wrapped their arms around their chests as Kony and his group terrorized people in the north. And now that the war is almost over, special forces are being sent in to help the UPDF.