Bobi Wine Questions World Bank’s Priority on LGBTQ+ Rights Amid Loan Suspension

Bobi-Wine at Makerere-Kavule. PHOTO/COURTESY

Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, the leader of the National Unity Platform (NUP), has questioned why the World Bank prioritizes the rights of gays over other violations of human rights.
Kyagulanyi was responding to the World Bank Group’s announcement that it would stop making fresh loans to Uganda as a result of the nation’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexual Law.

The World Bank declared the law “discriminatory” to sexual minority groups on Tuesday, claiming that this goes against its core principles of fostering inclusiveness and non-discrimination in all aspects of its operations.

In a message posted to his social media accounts, Kyagulanyi said that it is unfair that the World Bank and other international organizations focus more on homosexual rights while disregarding other human rights abuses, such as murder and torture, among others.

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“It’s troubling how organizations like this prioritize solely homosexual rights while ignoring all the other severe human rights abuses, such as mass murder, torture, arbitrary incarceration, and undermining democracy through election manipulation,”.

He emphasized to the World Bank that “all human rights are human rights” and that they all need to be treated equally,”

The World Bank stated that efforts to reduce poverty can only be successful if they involve everyone, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. It claims that Uganda’s anti-homosexuality law thwarts these initiatives.

The lender stated that further public financing for Uganda will not be approved until the effectiveness of the extra measures has been evaluated.

Ugandans have been reassured by President Yoweri Museveni that the nation can still pay off its World Bank loans.

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In a message sent to his Twitter account, he added, “I want to inform everyone, starting with Ugandans, that Uganda will develop with or without loans.”

The President emphasized that should borrowing be necessary, Uganda might look at a number of non-Bretton Woods sources from which the nation could borrow.

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