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We can’t westernise our values for aid - ACP

2014-03-18 14:25

Cape Town – The African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliament (ACP) says it will discourage African heads of State and government from attending the EU-Africa summit scheduled for May should Western nations impose sanctions on Uganda and Nigeria over anti-gay laws, according to a report.

The European Parliament recently backed sanctions on Uganda and Nigeria in protest at their recent passing of anti-gay laws.

Last month, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill that calls for "repeat homosexuals" to be jailed for life, outlaws any promotion of homosexuality and requires people to report homosexuals.

Earlier, Nigeria banned same-sex marriage and civil unions while homosexual acts already carry the death sentence under Sharia Islamic law which applies along with federal law in the north of the country.

Cultural territory

The EU approved a non-binding resolution by a large majority which said that the two countries violated the Cotonou accord on human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law.

According to The Herald the ACP-EU joint parliamentary assembly is currently under way in France where it is set to debate a motion on the suspension of Uganda and Nigeria from Cotonou Partnership Agreement.

Zimbabwe's representative to the ACP-EU, Makhosini Hlongwane said ACP had drafted a statement to debate against the decision.

"We now see a dangerous Europeanisation of our value system and our culture, tied to development aid," Hlongwane was quoted as saying.

"If we do not take steps to stop further incursions into our cultural territory, we are doomed as a people," Hlongwane said.

Comments
  • oi - 2014-03-18 14:34

    Africans will be Africans. Glad I am not African

      Jay Man - 2014-03-18 15:08

      I am African. I do NOT agree with these homophobic, backwards thinking "leaders" and their likes.

      Jay Man - 2014-03-18 15:17

      Benedict Shame. Yawn. No make that Double Yawn. How would you know? You people are pathetic.

  • Sean O'Donnell - 2014-03-18 14:40

    "We can’t westernise our values for aid"... and quite right too. However, I do find it hypocrytical that you (African countries)are quite willing to "Westernise" many other aspects of your lives, when it is convenient to do so.

      Warren - 2014-03-18 15:14

      Such as religion, clothes, movies....

      oi - 2014-03-18 16:11

      Peter, and when I have been blown up I will still praise my maker for my pinkness

  • Ryan Brewster - 2014-03-18 14:58

    So Human Rights do not belong in Africa? Shame.

      Jay Man - 2014-03-18 15:09

      Exactly.

  • Honeya Badger - 2014-03-18 15:07

    If you look at Dubai, Qatar, UAE these are some of the most economically developed countries on the planet and they have remained true to their core values. So long as Africans continue fail to get our act together, there will be those who will ask us to bend down an receive it you-know-where first, before we can receive the aid we so need

      Stanton Clarke - 2014-03-18 15:33

      Honeya, the economically developed countries you speak of have very little to offer as trade when you take oil out of the equation.

      Mike_or_Mpho - 2014-03-18 16:34

      You really do not understand how the world works do you? most economically developed countries? wahahaha, in your dreams.

  • Jones Mosima - 2014-03-18 15:34

    God created homosexuals, they are also his people. God gave them this kind of mentality. Why should I discriminate against God's creations? Let them live their lives and you continue with your preferred values and culture. I'm not affected in anyway with any ones sexuality.

  • Concerned86 - 2014-03-18 15:35

    Its really simple...Stop spending the little money that your country makes, put your hands down and stop begging and do as you please since you are now self sufficient! If you cant do that, and need their money to function, then stop crying and do as your masters tell you, before you go hungry!

      Mike Stowell - 2014-03-26 10:57

      values and Aid are totally different kikikikiki. And i dont think African coutries survive on aid alone. And noone is crying kikikiki. Anyway the aid that Africa takes in is minisuclar compared to the benefit that the west enjoys on the African continent. As aid is used as a carrot and stick by the West on africa

  • Blessing Ziti - 2014-03-18 15:56

    Why these people from America they want us to do things the way they want? Why you are forcing us in this act ? Is it because you love us? the answer its no. We can't be Americans never ,if you love us why you are forcing those who say no ? I wish other African countries they can follow what Nigeria, Zimbabwe , Uganda and Malawi did .

      Mike_or_Mpho - 2014-03-18 16:35

      Be careful, you wish might just come true

      Silas Mapuroma - 2014-03-18 16:35

      Drink pure water my Brother, in South Africa we allowed these, and now these people are forbidden in other Africa countries, and we allowed their drug dealers and fake traditional healers

  • Silas Mapuroma - 2014-03-18 16:33

    African leaders are always failing the continent, these gays and lisbians are now have to influx South Africa> I think we if South Africa wants to progress we must be like Botswana, so it seems all South African gays will be arrested in these maroons country

  • Silas Mapuroma - 2014-03-18 16:38

    What is African value. inhumane? killings that's going on, Dictatorships that prevailing? please keep your African culture for yourself

  • Lawrencezikhai Nkomo - 2014-03-18 17:09

    Aid my foot we must sanction the west in africa.

      oi - 2014-03-18 17:35

      Careful what you wish for, those Asian Tigers will make you march quick-time

  • Dylan Taylor - 2014-03-19 09:11

    Im sorry do you live in a westernized styled home and drive a westernized mode or transport? Or do you live in a mud hut and still run across the country. What a lame argument, just shows the horrible lack of intelligence!

      Sabza Mavuso - 2014-03-22 14:57

      We still respect God's way of doing things

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