There is currently a bill before Parliament regarding LGBT. Sam George and his team of other MPs have presented a bill seeking to criminalize acts of LGBT people. Though a majority of Ghanaians stand with the bill, there are a few who have risen to speak against the bill. According to the group of professionals headed by lawyer Akoto Ampaw, the bill will infringe on human rights and also issues regarding LGBT are too trivial to get a legislation against it.
On Good Morning Ghana today, Thursday, October 21, 2021, Edward Bawa, the MP for Bongo maintained that President Akufo-Addo had missed a great opportunity to address his stand on the issue firmly. He explained that during the president’s visit to Assin, the chief of the area declared his stand for the bill and the president should have also taken advantage to speak on it and clear all doubts.
The NDC MP however said he felt disappointed the president failed to speak on that issue. In a sharp rebuttal, Okoe Boye, former Deputy Health minister insisted that President Akufo-Addo has already made his stand clear on the issue. He added that many leaders in the country have spoken except for John Mahama. He challenged Hon. Bawa to share John Mahama’s thoughts on the issue.
Okoe Boye went on to explain that he was surprised that despite the comments that were covered in the memo, John Mahama’s name was missing. He added that he thus personally went to Sam George to query him about that and the latter said it was a mistake and that he forgot to take and add John Mahama’s comments. Okoe Boye dared Edward Bawa to call on John Mahama to speak boldly about the issue and cool down his supporters.
Parliament is expected to resume sitting next week and will have a second reading of the bill. It is expected that if the need arises a vote will be taken to settle the debate.
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