By Mubiru Ivan
Winnie Byanyima, the Executive Director of Oxfam International has attacked the Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga for frustrating the gay community.
In a tweet, the wife to Uganda’s main opposition figure Dr. Kizza Besigye said the speaker is denying vulnerable people their rights in order to gain some popularity.
“Gay agenda permanently banned from IPU assemblies http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National… via @dailymonitor Shame on speaker Kadaga 4 denying vulnerable people rights, in order to gain some popularity,” Byanyima tweeted.
On Thursday, Legislators meeting in Geneva voted to ban debate on the subject of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) at the Inter Parliamentary Union ever again.
The Ugandan delegation led by Kadaga led the move against what they termed as a well-orchestrated machination led by Canada and Belgium who had lobbied many delegates to vote in favor of the motion.
They were supported by mainly representatives from China, Russia, African and Arab parliaments.
The LGBT agenda had been presented to the Assembly to be debated as an emergency item for the next 140th IPU Assembly. This, IPU President, Gabriela Cuevas Barron subjected the matter to a vote by member states.
Kadaga who was visibly excited after the results assured Ugandans that they would continue to fight against what she termed as uncivilized and unchristian behaviors.
“I am so happy that this battle has finally been won. It started in St. Petersburg in Russia when they attempted to smuggle this same item but today we have made a final vote that will prohibit the issue of LGBT from appearing on the IPU agenda,” she said.