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Charlotte Osei almost died in the hands of Taliban kidnappers in Afghanistan

The former chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana Dr. Mrs Charlotte Osei has said she almost died during an international assignment to Afghanistan. She said she came very close to Taliban Kidnappers at Kabul heavily armed to the teeth and that alone was enough to send her to the grave.

The former EC boss was speaking in an interview on Joy FM yesterday monitored by CitizenOne when he recountered her experience. She said she was cool when she received the international job and flew from Dubai to Kabul without any fear. However her fear came when she was taken through a training on the dos and don'ts when kidnapped by Talibans. Dr. Charlotte Osei told the listeners that, she and her colleagues were told to just keep quiet and obey instructions of the kidnappers and wait for a rescue team from the UN anytime they were kidnapped. Unfortunately that rather scared her instead. She said she told the trainers that their advise wasn't comforting enough but they burst into laughter.

She recountered a day she was traveling to the UN office in Kabul, some 45 minutes drive from her office in a convoy and met the kidnappers numbering about twenty. The kidnappers were wielding powerful guns and armed to the teeth. She said the convoy stopped and the young men came to inspect their vehicles. "At that point, started saying my last prayers because I knew I was dead. My heartbeat seized until we started moving", she said.

She said her driver told them that those guys were locals that was why they were not kidnapped.

She also spoke about the current LGBTQI+ bill. According to the lawyer, the way the country was handling the issue can plunge the nation into extremist attack. In her opinion, the bill at its current state was an exclusive one instead of being an inclusive one. "This is how extremism starts. Already we are challenged with high unemployment rate. Extremist groups who are adequately resourced can easily make this minority community feel welcomed. They will then train them and release them on the nation as extremist and we cannot contain the repercussions"

She said it was surprising that the Christian community was not welcoming the LGBTQI people when the Bible has clearly stated that they should love the sinner but hate sin. The astute Catholic admonished Christians to invite LGBTQI persons to worship with them.

Eight parliamentarians have laid the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill before Parliament. The bill when passed into law will jail persons involved in gay, lesbianism, transgender and other unatural canal knowledge. Advocates of the LGBTQI+ will also not be spared when caught.

Human rights advocates have since described the bill as a recipe for chaos.

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