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Ugandan Ethics Minister to Obama: “Ouch!!! Stop That!”

Jim Burroway

February 4th, 2010

With unprecidented speed, Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Minister James Nsaba Buturo quickly lashed out at President Barack Obama’s denunciation of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that is now before Uganda’s Parliament. President Obama called the bill “odious” earlier today during an address at the National Prayer Breakfast. Buturo very quickly shot back that Obama’s statement was “unacceptable” interference:

“Somebody should tell President Obama that the parliament is doing its legislative duty in the interest of the people of Uganda,” James Nsaba Buturo, Ugandan minister of ethics and integrity, told AFP.

…”Members of parliament have a constitutional duty to choose between what the people of Uganda want and what others want, and I am sure they will choose what the people of Uganda want,” he said.”

President Obama finished his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast at 9:25 am, Washington, D.C. locak time. Kampala is eight hours ahead, which would be about 5:25 pm local time there. The AFP’s report came out “seven hours ago” as I write this, which would put this report at about ten-ish am Washington time, or six-ish pm Kampala time, perhaps 7:00 pm at the very latest. That’s not much time for Buturo to hear Obama’s remarks, react to it to a reporter, and have the reporter file his story with AFP. That kind of quick reaction is extremely rare, which can only mean one thing: Obama’s statement landed a solid blow. It may not be a fatal hit, but Uganda’s political leadership definitely felt it.

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darkmoonman
February 5th, 2010 | LINK

So, if the people of Uganda were to choose to kill Jews and their parliament supported that, that would somehow be a good thing? What a crock.

John
February 5th, 2010 | LINK

“Somebody should tell President Obama that the parliament is doing its legislative duty in the interest of the people of Uganda,” James Nsaba Buturo, Ugandan minister of ethics and integrity, told AFP.

Uganda is essentially a dictatorship. If the government did anything in the interest of the people of Uganda, it would surely be by accident. The only folks that benefit from these sorts of regimes are the corrupt officials that have positions of authority that they can use to exploit their people.

I wonder how much money the Ugandan minister of ethics and integrity is able to collect in brides and extortion on a yearly basis.

werdna
February 5th, 2010 | LINK

No surprise that the (largely corrupt and despotic) political leadership in East Africa is very sensitive to criticism from Obama–he’s much more popular in their own nations than they are.

Richard W. Fitch
February 5th, 2010 | LINK

I wonder how much money the Ugandan minister of ethics and integrity is able to collect in brides and extortion on a yearly basis.

John – I know it’s a typo, but perhaps more truth than poetry.

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