Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has confirmed that the United States government canceled her visa over her stand against homosexuality in Uganda.
Among revealed this today while chairing the parliamentary session and confirmed that she is not afraid of the cancellation since she has and loves her home ‘Uganda’ very much.
Among was the first victim to have her visa revoked over the passing of the Anti-Homosexuality law.
“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,” US earlier directed Among.
On Monday, the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced sanctions against current and former Ugandan officials who committed human rights abuses against opposition leaders and other groups including homosexuals.
Speaker Among with a host of security chiefs are among the top Ugandan officials the United States has slapped with sanctions.
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 at repressing members of marginalized or vulnerable populations.
“These groups include, but are not limited to, environmental activists, human rights defenders, journalists, LGBTQI+ persons and civil society organizers,” he said.
He added that the immediate family members of such persons may also be subject to these restrictions.”