John M. Becker

Anti-Gay Uganda Group Fires Staff After Losing U.S. Aid

Filed By John M. Becker | August 20, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, homophobia, religion-based bigotry, stoning, Uganda, Uganda anti-gay law

uganda-map.jpgThe Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, a faith-based group that had its funding cut off by the Obama administration in March after it came out in support of that country's anti-gay law, has had to fire all its paid staffers, PinkNews reports:

As a result of the funding being taken away, the IRCU has had to cut its workforce from 55 to just 5, and these employees are all volunteers who are only paid an allowance. The Observer reports that past funding to the IRCU from USAID has totalled $34.5m, accounting for roughly 90% of its funding.

IRCU General Secretary Joshua Kitakule said on 15th August: "They have decided to take away their money, we can't stop them. We are an organization and we are going to re-strategise and move on."

A senior member of the organisation who has just been made redundant said that USAID was still funding the HIV/AIDS projects that used to be the IRCU's responsibility, but through other organisations.

In other Ugandan LGBT news, an unconfirmed report from LGBT activist Denis Nzioka claims that three gay men, two lesbians, and a transgender person were stoned to death in a rural part of the country last weekend.

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