Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam Nartey George, says he’s startled faith-based organisations have been mute on the alleged opening of an office by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and queer Intersex Rights (LGBTQI) movement in Ghana.
This comes after the group organised a fundraiser which was attended by several diplomats including the Australian High Commissioner who pledged to support the group.
“A couple of weeks ago the EU in Ghana participated in the opening of the new community space of the @LGBTRightsGhana. Equality, tolerance and respect for each other are core values of the EU. The EU supports civil society organisations promoting #LGBTIQ rights . #EU4LGBT,” the European Union in Ghana posted on social media on Tuesday, February 16 2021 sighted by Original News.
The opening of the administrative office and fundraiser has sparked a lot of discussions and elicited mixed reactions among Ghanaians. While some believe it is wholly unacceptable, others alluded it is within their rights to choose their sexual preference arguing homosexuality is bound to be decriminalized in Ghana.
Sam George who joined Annie Efua Ampofo on Good Morning Ghana on Metro TV on Friday, February 19 2021 expressed disapproval over the alleged opening of the office and also registered his disappointment with the various religious leaders for their silence on the issue.
Unhappy about their deafening silence, the legislator noted that they would’ve released a press statement to lambaste if a politician had made distasteful utterances.
He charged the religious bodies, specifically Christians, not to sit aloof but defend their Bible.
“They have gone quite, they only talk about politicians. The things they should talk about and defend the Bible they won’t talk about it. The religious leaders,” the Ningo Prampram MP averred.
He also urged the government to as a matter of urgency through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summon all the diplomats who were present at the event and deport them for willfully breaking the customary laws of the land.
The Akatamasonian could not fathom why the faith-based organisations are yet to publicly speak against the event and reprimand the European Union In Ghana and the other parties.
What’s the Ghanaian government saying?
The President Akufo-Addo-led government is yet to officially address the issue. However, some government’s appointees have unequivocally stated that they are against its legalization.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister of Information-nominee suggested the country pass legislation against LGBT advocacy.
“Customary law frowns on LGBT activities. 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 will not be against the constitution but we will now say that you cannot advocate for and promote LGBT activities in this country,” he told the Appointments Committee of Parliament during his vetting on Thursday.
Also, the Minister-designate of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Sarah Adwoa Safo, has taken a bold stance against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Ghana.
Taking her turn before Parliament’s Appointments Committee for vetting on 17 February 2021, the Member of Parliament for the Dome-Kwabenya constituency stated that the controversial issue of LGBTQI is unlawful and has no place in Ghana’s cultural setting.
“Mr Chair, the issue of LGBT is an issue that when mentioned, it creates some controversy but what I want to say is that our laws are clear on such practice. It makes it criminal. Section 104 of the Criminal Code prohibits one from having unnatural carnal knowledge with another person. So, on the issue of its criminality, it is non-negotiable”.
“On the issue of our cultural acceptance and norms, these practices are also frowned upon. So, for me, these are two distinct clarities on the matter and that is what I strongly stand for,” she explained.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams