This morning on Good Morning Ghana, on Metro TV, the host of the show, Dr. Randy Abbey, has alleged that, Sam George has informed him just last Sunday that, the Australian Ambassador had threatened him that, "he will not get any visa again", (referring to his country and many other countries in Europe, which support the LGBT+).
According to Dr. Abbey, this happened at the Accra Sports Stadium, when he saw Hon. Sam George, infuriated and coming from a heated argument with the Australian Ambassador, who was also at the stadium, in the executive section of the stadium, where they all watched the match. He insisted that, upon questioning Sam George, what had happened, it was then that, he told him that, the Ambassador upon engaging him in a short convo, had made those threatening remarks, forcing him, to also return some verbal fire immediately.
This incident can be found here at Facebook, a live recording of todays Metro TV's breakfast show, from the 1:56mins, when he introduced the LGBT topic for discussion between renowned veteran journalist Kwesi Pratt and Hon. Eugene Boakye Antwi, MP for Subin Constituency. (The threat itself from the Ambassador, was said by Dr. Abbey, on the 2hrs and 01mins on the shared video link just above)
This is however, a sharp contrast to a story by a renowned Australian based online news website, The Star Observer, which had in May 18th, 2021 reported that, the Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Gregory Andrews has been threatened with assault by Member of Parliament Samuel Nartey George, over the diplomat’s ongoing advocacy for the rights of LGBTQI communities in Ghana.
George’s statements have been criticised by organisations like Activism Ghana for misplaced priorities. “Sam George like many other politicians in Ghana, promote hate against LGBTQI people, using it to cover their abysmal performance as leaders Instead of tackling REAL PROBLEMS such as no-beds at clinics, corruption and others, he has been busy promoting homophobia,” said the organisation in a post on Twitter." the report read.
Many will recall that, in the heat of the national discourse, when the Australian Ambassador was a special guest at the opening of the official Ghana LGBT+ Office, which has since been closed down by the police, with no one standing trail, the Ningo Prampram MP, Samuel Nartey George, had demanded the immediate withdrawal of the letter of credence of the Australian High Commissioner and the Danish Ambassador.
“If the President does not support homosexuality, we must see action from him this week,” he said, when the two, together with some international diplomats attended the opening of an LGBTQ+ office in Ghana and pledged their support for the group, as heard here https://soundcloud.com/joynews_adomnews/lgbtq-debate-withdraw-your-letters-of-credence-sam-george-tells-australian-high-cssioner-danish-amb#t=0:01.
Fast forward, the ambassador, upon paying a courtesy call on the Speaker of Parliament around the same time, said, “We believe that to protect human rights sometimes our culture needs to adapt and that doesn’t mean being a different culture, it means accepting people for who they are especially when they are not causing harm to anyone else. That is why on the LGBTQ+ issues, Australia will really encourage Ghana’s Parliament not to pass legislation that would discriminate the LGBTQ+ community, or remove their rights or to make it illegal for people to advocate for their Human Rights.”
These passionate plea of the Australian Ambassador, had fallen on deaf ears, as Sam George, is one of eight (8) members who have sponsored the passing of a new private members bill against LGBTQ+ set to be laid in parliament will criminalize not just the activity but its promotion, advocacy and funding for the act.
Speaking at the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship meeting, he stated that it will become criminal for anyone to produce any promotional material that supports LGBTQ+, TV/radio stations to show content that supports the cause, any individual or body to support it.
Sam George said, “We have established clearly that homosexuality is not a human right it is a lifestyle choice. So, we respect the human rights of practitioners of homosexuality to get a free and fair trial, however, their sexual orientation and choices cannot be deemed to be a human right and this is contained within the 1992 Constitution.”
This comes after the Speaker of Parliament revealed a bill to stop the promotion of activities of LGBTQI+ in the country will be introduced in the House this week. Alban Kingsford Bagbin said the bill will be passed before the end of the year.
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