Uganda’s President Finds Discrimination Has a Cost: Next Africa


Yoweri Museveni, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, is learning that populist politics has a price. Anti-LGBTQ legislation that he approved in May, which includes the death sentence for some offenses, may have won approval from influential religious leaders in a deeply devout country, but it has also had severe economic consequences. President Joe Biden last week ended Uganda’s preferential access to American markets under an accord that benefits more than 30 African nations. As far as US foreign policy is concerned, Uganda is now in the same basket as Niger, Gabon and the Central African Republic — pariah states that have either suffered military coups or invited in Russia’s Wagner mercenaries.

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