World Bank delays $90m Uganda loan over anti-gay law

The World Bank has suspended a $90 million (£54m) loan to Uganda over its anti-gay law.

President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill on Monday which calls for life imprisonment for those caught having gay sex.

An asylum seeker from Uganda pictured during a gay pride march in the US. Credit: Reuters

The decision sparked condemnation from western governments and human rights, with Foreign Secreatry William Hague saying he was "deeply saddened and disappointed" by the move.

A spokesman from the bank said the loan was intended to help the east African nation strengthen its health systems, and it wanted to ensure that the development objectives of the project would not be affected by the controversial new law.