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Ugandans lose jobs as US cuts aid over gay law

13 March 2014, 12:34

Cape Town – More than 80 Ugandans have reportedly lost their jobs after the US government, in an expression of its displeasure over an anti-gay law, suspended financing for a project employing them.

According to Africa Review this is the first adverse consequence of Washington's ongoing review of relations with Uganda over the anti-homosexual law approved by President Yoweri Museveni last month.

US officials hinted on the possibility of additional unspecified actions, the report said.

Museveni signed the "draconian" anti-gay despite warnings from Washington that he was putting US relations with Kampala at risk.

The 87 health employees had just been re-hired last month on HIV-related programmes, Ugandan health ministry permanent secretary Asuman Lukwago  was quoted as saying.

The health professionals included laboratory experts, field officers and managers.

Lukwago said the the decision to freeze the financing was "abrupt", and that there was need for the Ugandan government to act quickly to pad the financing gap.

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