Uganda is at it again.
The east African country, which criminalized homosexuality earlier this year, is now seeking to tighten rules of conduct for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating inside its boundaries.
Ugandan government officials are drafting a new law that would bar foreign NGOs from promoting homosexuality.
“There are some NGOs who have come here to undermine us, to promote very bad behavior like homosexuality. As a responsible government we need to check that. They will not be able to do that when we pass this law,” Uganda’s junior internal affairs minister James Baba told Reuters.
If found guilty of homosexual relations, under current law, Ugandans could face a sentence of life in prison.
The new proposal would force NGOs operating in the country to reveal their funding sources, accounting procedures and budgets. It would also prohibit NGOs from engaging in political commentary, said Baba.
“It is for Ugandans to say whether Museveni should rule or should not rule,” Baba told Reuters. “As a foreign NGO, what stake do you have in our politics?”
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been in power since 1986. He is up for re-election in 2016 and many political observers feel his recent crackdown on gays is a direct result of influences from conservative American evangelical missionaries.
Dr. Frank Mugisha, a leading gay rights activist in Uganda, responded, via Twitter, that the new proposal is an attempt to silence NGOs.