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WATCH: Ugandan Legislators Angry $205K Spent on P.R. in Wake of Jail-the-Gays Law

WATCH: Ugandan Legislators Angry $205K Spent on P.R. in Wake of Jail-the-Gays Law


It turns out there were other costs to Uganda's now-overturned antigay law in addition to the economic and military sanctions imposed by the U.S. and European countries last year.

Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni faced members of parliament who were angry that the country had spent 600,000 Ugandan shillings ($205,000) on a public relations campaign aimed at cleaning up damage done to Uganda's image by the country's now-defunct Anti-Homosexuality Act, according to several media reports.

The act, called the Ugandan "Jail-the-Gays" law by LGBT and human rights advocates as well as pro-equality media outlets, left the Museveni's government scrambling to respond to relatively swift and increasingly punitive sanctions in 2014.

With punishments ranging from seven years to life in prison for acts of "aggravated homosexuality," the AHA also caused great suffering among the country's LGBT population, as well as a rush of refugees to countries such as Kenya and the United States.

Although some members of parliament have threatened to revive the Anti-Homosexuality Act with a new version, it is doubtful the president would sign a new bill.

Watch the NTV Uganda video below featuring a government official describing how Museveni purportedly had to change hotels during last year's U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington D.C. because the AHA had tarnished Uganda's image in America to the extent that the unnamed hotel originally booked didn't want him as a guest.

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