6 MPs ready to pay for a law to criminalize homosexuality in Ghana
- Some MPs have vowed to ensure homosexuality is criminalized
- These legislators - including Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa are will to fund this legislation
- There is no definitive law against homosexuality in Ghana
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Six Members of Parliament have served notice to sponsor a bi-partisan Private Members Bill to proscribe and criminalize the advocacy and practice of homosexuality.
They believe the Bill would seek to further strengthen Ghana’s legal jurisprudence and existing legislation on unnatural carnal knowledge to reflect the current state of affairs.
"It is our belief that all members of this House would support this Bill when it comes before the House,” Mr Samuel Nartey George, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo Prampram, leader of the six MPs proposing the Bill, said in a statement on the floor of the House.
The members are Mr Andy Appiah Kubi, MP for Asante Akim North, Mr Emmanuel Bedzrah, MP for Ho West, and Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, MP for Assin South.
The rest are Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, MP for North Tongu, Mr Kweku Asante Boateng, MP for Asante Akim South, Mrs Helen Adwoa Ntoso, MP for Krachi West and Ms Francisca Oteng, MP for Kwabre East.
In a related development
Ghanaian hip hop artiste Jason Gaisie known in the showbiz industry as Pappy Kojo has opened up on his sexual orientation. In an interview with Giovanni on TV3, the musician, when asked if he was dating “a certain Nelson”, replied in shock that he was gay.
Pappy Kojo’s response sparked laughter among the audience. The host, Giovanni, seemed shocked as he quizzed the Ghanaian hip hop artiste about his preferences. In response, Pappy Kojo responded that guys like actor John Dumelo are his preference.
“Yes, I'm a homosexual man. Why do you hate gay men?,” he asked Giovani. Already, social media is responding to Pappy Kojo’s revelation. This comes amid a heated national debate over the legalization of same-sex relationships in the country.
Opening of LGBTQ office in Accra
Even though Ghana’s criminal code stipulates that Carnal Knowledge is criminal with up to 5 years imprisonment, many human right groups including Amnesty International say the “Colonial laws against homosexuality” must be repealed.
It all happened with the Australian Ambassador to Ghana, the European Union in Ghana and other diplomats officially opened the office of LGBTQIs in Accra.
This action has caused an uproar from religious groups and anti-gay crusaders who are pressuring president Akufo-Addo to declare the country’s stance on the matter once and for all.
Meanwhile, the Minister-designate for Children and Social Protection, Adwoa Sarfo, says “homosexuality is non-negotiable” in Ghana. Taking her turn at the Parliament Appointment Committee, the minister-designate explained that her stance on the sensitive issue will be guided by Ghana’s criminal code which penalizes Carnal Knowledge.
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