Member of Parliament for Ofoase Ayirebi Constituency, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has kicked against hopes of Ghana legalizing homosexuality, proposing laws should be passed to prohibit people from advocating for the decriminalization of LGBT activities,
Oppong Nkrumah said given the current advocacy around the legalization of homosexuality in the country, the country needs to consider passing a law to bans people from its promotion owning the practice in itself is culturally unacceptable and goes contrary to section 104 of the Criminal Code, 1960.
He made the suggestion when he appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament during his vetting on Thursday, February 18 2021.
The Minister for Information-Designate asserted that the customary laws of the land strongly oppose the legalization of LGBT activities hence legislation need to be passed to ban people from advocating for its legalisation.
“Customary law frowns on LGBT activities,” Oppong Nkrumah averred adding, “People say despite the criminal code on the general position of customary law, it is just mere expression, they are just advocating for it but if you ask me about law and background, I will say that is when somebody like me will argue that then we should be able to contemplate legislation in the interest of public morality.”
He added that morality “will not be against the constitution but we will now say that you cannot advocate for and promote LGBT activities in this country.”
LGBTQI+ Rights Ghana has opened an administrative office in Tesano, a suburb of Accra, Ghana, Original News gathered this week.
According to the group, there is a need for respect for human rights hence setting up an office for support purposes is a step in the right direction.
The group organised a fund-raiser which was attended by several diplomats including the Australian High Commissioner who pledged to support the group.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams