Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former leader of Uganda's Forum for Democratic Change, was also the party's presidential candidate in the country's last three elections.Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act into law on 02.26.2014, after news and argument over it had topped international headlines about Uganda for nearly five years. Ugandan opposition leader and three time presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye became one of the first non-gay leaders to speak out against it, but he also said that the West should have sanctioned Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni years ago for violating the fundamental human right to life. University of Connecticut Professor Olara Otunnu added that the U.S. had instead bankrolled Museveni as he massacred Ugandans and citizens of neighboring countries.
The U.S. considered sending its Ugandan and/or Ethiopian military partners into South Sudan to support President Salva Kiir, while South Sudanese called on the world to get Ugandan President Museveni, his troops and his high tech weapons out of their country. The South Sudanese Human Rights Society for Advocacy also called the international community's decision to offer Museveni a seat at South Sudan peace talks "an unforgivable betrayal of the people of South Sudan."