For the past 15 years, Inhofe fostered a friendly relationship with African countries and shifted his interest in the continent from religion to politics during that time, reported NewsOK.com.
See, he is buddies with Yoweri Museveni, president
of Uganda. Inhofe travels to Africa twice a year to discuss foreign
policy, U.S. aid (about $400 million per year to Uganda) and the Lords
Resistance Army. During a January trip there, however, Inhofe decided to
ignore the fact that the Ugandan government might soon pass a bill that
would criminalize homosexuality and instead focused on the Central
African Republic, among other things.
Although he didnt discuss the issue with Museveni, he did address it in a statement to The Oklahoman: I
certainly disagree with the controversial legislation that Uganda may
enact in the coming days, and it is my hope that the country will
abandon this unjust and harsh legislation.
isnt the first time Inhofe has spoken out against an antihomosexuality
bill in Uganda; in 2011, a similar bill not only criminalized
homosexuality but included death as punishment.
According to Reuters, homosexuality is illegal in 37 African countries.