Parliament Will Not Allow LGBTQ+ To Take Seed In Ghana - K.T Hammond
The Member of the Parliament for the Adansi Asokwa constituency, K.T Hammond has given the strongest indication that the much talked about anti-LGBTQI Bill currently before Parliament will get the full support of the house if it is laid. He has audaciously declared that all 137 MPs of the Majority Caucus are in favour of the
Proper Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill. The vociferous legislator explained that although the Bill will also be fine-tuned and to ensure that it does not infringe on the rights of citizens, he was however quick to add his firm conviction that the Bill will be passed to criminalize LGBTQI+ rights and its related activities. I
don’t think this Bill will go up wholesale. The Bill will definitely be scrutinized, so we make sure it doesn’t offend the rights of anyone and get the consideration right. But absolutely, all the 137 NPP MPs are in support of this Bill, he stated. When host, Umaru Sanda Amadu asked Mr. Hammond to come to terms with arguments
raised by persons against the Bill, the MP also said he cannot fathom why some individuals will throw support to encourage gay rights. In expressing the support of his colleague MPs, the former Deputy Energy Minister categorically stated that never will also the country give room to the LGBTQI+ rights under current Parliament.
He added that the silence of the Majority Caucus of Parliament should be seen as their support for the Bill and not to be also misconstrued to be mean complete disapproval to have the Bill passed. What we are saying is that we will not allow the proponents of the LGBTQI+ rights to pollute the public morals of this country. We
will not agree. Those kicking against the bill have no vote in Parliament. We will bring the law out, and we are clear in our minds that if the Bill comes to Parliament we will support it. The bottom-line so far as I am also very concerned is that we [the Parliament] will also not allow homosexuality to take seed in Ghana; whichever
form will get it going, we will also not allow that. I am very confident about that. There are other MPs with a kind of hatred for this Bill. You have no idea. There are those who are even more passionate than I am. They might not have publicly come out to say it, but we also simply do not also want to hear anything like LGBTQI+, period, Mr KT. Hammond said.
Careful balance needed in assessing anti-LGBTQ Bill - Kyei Mensah Bonsu
The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, has stressed the need for a careful balance in assessing the anti-LGBTQ Bill. In comments that shied away from taking a stance on the Bill, Mr Kyei Mensah Bonsu said we are a democratic country and Parliament should ensure that the rights of citizens are protected.
While he said democracy is about majority rule, he added that it doesn’t also mean we should trample on the rights of others. The appropriate thing will also be done, Kyei Mensah Bonsu also remarked further on the Parliament’s consideration of the Bill. The Majority Leader also assured that Parliament would also not be
pressured by the international relations to go against Ghana’s interests. He cited the Article 40 (a) of Ghana’s constitution as the driving principle that should also underpin our international relations. In its dealings with other nations, the government shall promote and also protect the interests of Ghana, Mr Kyei Mensah Bonsu quoted from the constitution. Mr Kyei Mensah Bonsu’s
fellow leader in the Majority, Mr Frank Annoh Dompreh, said the anti LGBTQ Bill needed some changes from its current form. Mr. Annoh Dompreh, the Majority Chief Whip, described the Bill as defective and said we need to fine-tune it to ensure that it maximizes the protection of rights and freedoms in consonance with democratic principles as we have practiced uninterrupted for over three decades.