Cape Town – Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma has reportedly taken a swipe at the West for "imposing" gay rights on Africa.
According to Africa Review, Koroma, who is "usually diplomatic", said laws on homosexuality should be the decision of individual countries.
Koroma's remarks come after the World Bank suspended a planned funding to Uganda over its recently introduced anti-gay law.
Western countries, notably Denmark and Norway, are redirecting aid from the Ugandan government to aid agencies.
Koroma urged patience among Western governments and donor agencies so that Africans engage in a proper "consensus" on the issue, said the report.
Koroma said the West has to consider "our culture, traditions, religious beliefs and all that", adding it was not right for "issues to be imposed" on Africa.
Activists have highlighted similarities between Uganda and Sierra Leone, which painted a bleak future for the gay communities in the two countries, teh report said.