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Uganda’s speaker of the house has threatened a walk-out during the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, over attempts to protect the human rights of LGBTI people.

Rebecca Kadaga, who has made a name for herself as Uganda’s notoriously homophobic Speaker of Parliament, has attacked efforts by some nations to pass an amendment to include LGBTI people in a declaration on migrants and refugees.

Kadaga, a vocal supporter of her country’s anti-homosexuality law, accused European nations of trying to sneak in the amendment at the last minute, during the 138th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly this week.

“We told you that if you insist, we are withdrawing,” she lashed out, wagging her finger.

“So if you are insisting on smuggling this issue, the Uganda delegation… shall withdraw from the IPU.”

“In St Petersburg (where the previous assembly was held last year) this subject came up and we said we do not want a divisive issue to come to the plenary. We told you that this issue that you want to bring has broken the Anglican Church,” Kadaga added, referring to the splintering of the global Anglican Church, in part driven by Ugandan clergy, over the increasing acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex relationships.

Made up of national parliaments from around the world, the IPU is an organisation that aims to “protect and build global democracy through political dialogue and concrete action.”

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Edwin Sesange, of the African Equality Foundation, has since accused Kadaga of being a hypocrite by not accepting “that the west introduced homophobia not homosexuality to Africa and Asia.”

Speaking with Mambaonline, Sesange says, “Hon Kadaga and others should use their influence to promote the African values of togetherness (Ubuntu), tolerance, respect for others and non-discrimination instead of defending colonial sodomy laws which preach the contrary to those African values.”

Kadaga was arguably one of the most vocal and passionate supporters of  Uganda’s Anti Homosexuality Act and described the passage of the oppressive law as a “Christmas present” to Ugandans.

In 2014, Kadaga made outlandish claims that computers and books that had been donated to schools in Uganda were installed with software and literature to “recruit” homosexuals.