The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Anita Among, confirmed that the United States government cancelled her visa over her stand against homosexuality in Uganda.
Chairing the parliamentary session today Wednesday, December 6, 2023, Ms Among disclosed that she is not afraid of the cancellation since she has and loves her home country Uganda so much.
The US earlier directed that the speaker’s visa had been revoked over the passing of the Anti-Homosexuality law, being the first victim to have it cancelled.
“As of May 12, 2023, you don’t possess a valid travel visa to the US though you are welcome to apply again. Forward your passport to the embassy through the Ministry of Finance so that we can make necessary modifications to your visas,” the US directed Ms Among.
On Monday, December 4, 2023, the US Secretary of State, Mr Antony Blinken, announced sanctions against current and former Ugandan officials who committed human rights abuses against opposition political leaders and other groups including homosexuals.
The speaker with a host of security chiefs have are among the top Ugandan officials who the US has slapped with sanctions.
Mr Blinken said that the expansion of the visa restriction policy to include current or former Ugandan officials or others who are believed to be responsible for or complicit in undermining the democratic process in Uganda or for policies or actions aimed to repress members of marginalised or vulnerable populations.
“These groups include but not limited to environmental activists, human rights defenders, journalists, LGBTQI+ persons and civil society organisers,” he said.
The Secretary of State revealed that the immediate family members of such persons may also be subject to these restrictions.