President Barack Obama

As rumours spread that President Yoweri Museveni has signed the oppressive Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Uganda’s government says it would rather live in poverty than be forced to accept its own gay and lesbian citizens.

On Sunday, President Obama warned that if Museveni signs the bill it will “complicate” America’s relationship with Uganda.

In response, Ugandan Presidential Spokesperson Tamale Mirundi told NTV Uganda that the country “can do without” American aid and that Museveni “cannot be intimidated.”

“If you use the aid or other strings you are inciting the population in Uganda to rally behind the President,” he said.

The US contributes around $400 million in foreign aid to Uganda every year, much of which goes towards humanitarian causes, including the battle against HIV.

Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo, who has actively campaigned against the LGBT community, threw in his two cents on the matter, telling journalists that Ugandans would rather “die poor than live in an immoral nation.”

The Daily Nation quoted him as saying: “We shall not care losing the financial support from our partners if only we are left alone.”

In a recent speech, President Yoweri Museveni confirmed that he will sign the bill into law and stated: “We shall have a war with the homosexual lobby in the world.”

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