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Activist Bobi Wine blasts Uganda President over World Bank row

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President Yoweri Museveni’s criticism of the World Bank is an act of “hypocrisy”, Ugandan opposition politician and activist Bobi Wine says.

The World Bank announced on 8 August that it would stop new loans to Uganda due to the country’s punitive anti-gay law.

Museveni responded by condemning the World Bank, accusing it of trying to coerce Uganda to reverse the controversial law.

However, Bobi Wine has said that Museveni’s criticism of the World Bank is insincere, accusing him of previously working with the World Bank to sell off Ugandan public service infrastructure.

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“Your recent outburst about the World Bank withholding future assistance to Uganda is a clear indication of your ideological disorientation and policy nomadism that has characterised your four-decade rule,” Bobi Wine posted on X.

The World Bank said the new anti-LGBT law contravenes its values.

LGBT acts were already illegal in Uganda, but anyone now convicted faces life imprisonment under the new law which was enacted in May.

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