EDITORIAL COMMENT: We cannot accept cultural imperialism

herald-newspapersTHE United States has developed a sickening habit of masquerading as the world policeman which does not hesitate to pass comments on developments in other countries no matter how far removed from its shores.
Right now, the US is busy meddling in a dispute between Russia and the Ukraine, a former republic in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics despite the fact that there are no Americans in Crimea but thousands of Russians.

Ugandans recently overwhelmingly endorsed a law outlawing homosexuality, and the US took it upon itself to masquerade as the repository of Ugandan opinion by condemning the Bill that was signed into law by president Yoweri Museveni a few weeks back. It did not matter to the US that it is not President Museveni who originated the Bill that was moved by a Ugandan MP and received overwhelming backing from the majority of Ugandans serve for a few compromised voices in the donor driven civil society.

Ugandan legislation is for Ugandans.

Ironically as we report elsewhere in this issue out of the US’ 50 states, eight have laws criminalising homosexuality and same-sex unions while anti-gay “religious freedom” legislation is currently pending in the Georgia,  Idaho,  Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and North Carolina
We would have thought that true to the dictum, charity begins at home, the US would deal with the logs in its own eyes before pointing at the imaginary twig in Putin’s or Museveni’s eye.

We find the self-serving statements from the United States government quite regrettable and the roping in of what should be multilateral institutions like the world bank that end up tying development assistance to the campaign for the so-called gay rights is quite shocking.

In the wake of the anti-gay law, Uganda was threatened with the withdrawal of aid, and the World Bank has made good on these threats by announcing that a $90m loan earmarked for healthcare has been postponed, ostensibly to evaluate how the gay law will impact on development in the country.

What this proves is that far from being an independent multi-lateral lending institution, the World Bank is an instrument of US foreign policy which is used to achieve Uncle Sam’s foreign policy objectives.

This makes the case for the reform of the UN system and global financial system all the more urgent.

For years Africa had to contend with slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism, we cannot accept the attempts at cultural and moral imperialism from people who should know that the solution to their ageing and regressing populations are heterosexual unions.

Nothing good, not even babies, can come from homosexuality.

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  • Chapu Norris

    I find the fixation by small and poor nations like Zimbabwe to be perpetually angry at the USA pointless and at best futile.Our country has been left behind in terms of development and the focus should be on growing the economy,fostering good international relations with all nations and taking their money in order to achieve meaningful and sustainable economic transformation.We should not spend our time analysing what the US thinks about homosexuality.

    • cheqmayt

      taura hako, we have other much more pressing issues to focus on!

      • spiralx

        Absolutely. 80% unemployment, Zimbabwe slowly losing the ability to grow food for itself or make anything at all. The US dollar as our main currency. And all this paper can do is fixate on a random and generally beign 3% of the population and demonise them?

    • Tinotonga

      I dont get your logic. We must understand who we are dealing with, hence the comments and analyses, to educate our people so they make informed choices. Remember last year we had presidential aspirants vowing to blindly follow world best practices by allowing gays to roam free on the motherland and excitedly placing sancs. Other than the lack of info that would not solve any of our probs.

    • mukorekore

      Kwete kani Chapu norris – izvi zvinosemesa izvi. Varume vakuru havangatosadharare kuti vanhu vemuAfrica vawane marights ekufemerana kugotsi. Akamboti tinoda kudzero idzodzo ndiyani. Ivo ngavaite ikoko hatina kana mhosva nazvo asi ngavasiyane nevanhu vemuAfrica.Hatidi kudzidziswa hunhubu hwakadaro. Ndizvo zviri kurehwa navaMuseveni. Sori ndanyora nechikorekore

  • spiralx

    Actually a lot of good comes from gay people – including, these days, bringing up decent children. You need to get out more, Mr Editor. And – try joining the 21st century. You might like it.

  • magonde

    US is a bully. It uses its superpower status to bully others. However, I doubt if it still hold the power it used to be. US was thrashed by Vietnam like rats. In Somalia, with all its power machine guns and helicopters, US was chased like cockroaches by Somalis using rusty weapons. US has no chance against Russia. Zimbabwe’s well disciplined army can teach US army a good lesson. If Obama wants to turn into homosexual, he doesn’t have to announce to the whole world. He can divorce Michelle and marry John Kerry. Many celebrities with families have converted to gayism.

    • spiralx

      You silly boy – people don’t “convert to gayism”. You usually just are straight or gay, because there is a biological component, part-genetic, part hormones (as far as we know at the moment). How we handle that in our culture (hopefully with understanding , tolerance, and wisdom, not the violent, murderous outbursts of Nigeria and Uganda) is up to us. Not sure what armies have to do with anything, by the way.