Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, who believes gay people are “disgusting”, has spoken at an event hosted by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London.
The UK-Uganda Business Forum has taken place at Lancaster House, a Grade I listed building managed by the FCO.
President Museveni yesterday visited the forum along with Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kutesa, and other senior members of the Ugandan Government.
They met with UK Foreign and Commonwealth Minister Mark Simmonds who also spoke at the event.
Senior executives from several corporations including ING, Investec, and banks JP Morgan and Barclays have participated in the forum.
Barclays, Uganda’s third largest bank, has more than 1,000 employees and 51 branches throughout the country.
More than 500,000 signed a petition calling on Citibank and Barclays to condemn Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act.
The law calls for repeat offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in prison and makes it a criminal offence not to report someone for being gay.
The UK Government said that none of its aid goes directly to the Ugandan Government.