Member of Parliament for the Ningo Prampram Sam Nettey George , together with seven (7) other legislators, are sponsoring a Private Members’ Bill in Parliament, which will seek to criminalize advocacies and activities of LGBTQI+ activities in Ghana.
“We want to criminalize Homosexuality in all of its forms. The Private Members Bill will augment existing provisions in Sections 104 of the Criminal Offenses Act. We are going to take the gamut of the perversion, deal with it, criminalize both the act and the advocacy of it, and make it unattractive for anybody,” Hon. Sam George had said.
“There is nothing wrong with the law. I believe the law is clear- it criminalizes it, however, that law was passed in the sixties. We need to grow. What we are looking to do is to re-adapt our laws looking at the legislation of other jurisdictions, making sure that Ghana has the most water-tight legislation against homosexuality in this country. The bill will also look at protecting what the institution of marriage is,” he added.
However, in a series of backlash from leading NPP member, Lawyer Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, he had described this move, as a calculated attempt to have Ghana backlisted. In the sighted post, which has since gone viral, he wrote that:
"Gay+ activities are already illegal in our country. The President has given his word he won’t legalize it. This Bill can only serve one purpose: to get Ghana blacklisted for hating! Surely, the promoters of the Bill cannot be oblivious of this!," he wrote.
However, Hon. Sam George, in responding to this assertion, during a interview on Asempa FM's "Ekosiisen" as seen here at Facebook (VIDEO), have described it as "the biggest propaganda of the pro-LGBT community." He would go o and assert that, no country, has ever been blacklisted for its laws on LGBT and even cites countries such as Hungary and Poland, who are in the European Union and are still having legislation against LGBT practice in their counters.
Sam George also cite Nigeria and Uganda, who have even a far harsher laws that criminalizes LGBT, but have not been blacklisted. Sam George is of the view that, its a misconception, unfortunate and fear mongering.
Addressing Gabby Otchere directly for the first time, whom he addressed as his senior brother also, he said:
"Gabby, must know that, in tis life, its not everything that is about money. In fact, money is not everything Gabby. If you follow money, you will swallow what you don't have to. If all his considerations in life, is financial, Ghana will loose aid, Ghana will be blacklisted. Who said we will loose aid? Who said Ghana will be blacklisted, has that happened to any country? and even if that happens, is it not our president who says Ghana beyond aid?" he said.
Meanwhile, award winning journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, had responded to Gabby in a post on his Facebook page, where he wrote extensively that:
"To Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko and those talking about Western sanctions and blacklisting should Ghana go ahead with the anti-LGBTQ+ bill, I want to ask this question: Why has the West not sanctioned or blacklisted Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Arab World? Are there no gays and lesbians in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world? Or do they discriminate in the application of their principles? As we question our own actions, shouldn't we also question the inconsistencies of the West?
Why have they not blacklisted Ghana and other African countries for the massive looting of resources and aid money by their leaders while the masses suffer? Why should some powerful nations tie aid to LGBTQ+ rights instead of other important issues of governance such as corruption? Or is sexuality more important to them than the poverty and famine that are caused by the leaders, whose devious actions they know very well?
The rights to quality education, healthcare and quality life are almost beyond the reach of the average Ghanaian or African, and the reason is well-documented. Why aren't we seeing sanctions for the numerous human rights abuses that have become a norm in the continent?
I have issues with the current bill, especially the attempt to criminalize advocacy and all discussion about LGBTQ+. But if we flip the coin on the important things that should engage the attention of our leaders, we should equally be worried about the "important things" that should engage the attention of the powerful nations.
It's difficult to properly engage in this debate because of the inconsistencies and selective application of principles and morality on both sides of the debate.
Comments, which followed his viral post, included the following:
Kofi Bentil wrote that "I worry more about the negative light Ghana will attract as an intolerable bigoted nation. I don’t worry about the loss of aid. I worry that we will turn our country into a place of hate. And stoke unnecessary civil strife where there needs to be none!!"
A.R. Sewornu wrote that "The West and their agents benefit from the corruption of African leaders and will from the LGBTQIA+ acceptance. Yes, that's why the fight against corruption comes way below the fight for the LGBT.... absurdity in Africa"
Faith Hope Love writes "We are not accepting this devilish activity in Ghana. Either there's law or no law against such practices, those people continue to be a threat in our society."
Eric Vondee wrote that "The should take their so call aid. We value our culture. After all Ghana is beyond aid"
Aaron Fiifi Mensah wrote that "There's Ghana beyond aid! After all we won't be troubled if they blacklist us!"
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