-Over Plans to Pass Bill Criminalising LBGTQ Activities.
Some Ghanaian MPs are under duress from Western diplomatic cycles to resist the controversial bill dubbed the “Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill”, which some gay lobby groups claim is an anti-gay and draconian legislation.
The backfire effect of this is that the powerful gay lobby groups had succeeded in getting Western countries to refuse to issue foreign visas to Ghanaian legislators in a coercive bid to force their arms to stop them from passing the bill.
This is according to US-based Ghanaian politician, Dr. Kobina Arthur Kennedy who reveals that the bill’s sponsor, Sam George Nettey, (MP for Ningo Prampram) and others have been denied visas for pushing the bill.
“Some lawmakers, including the bill’s sponsor, Sam George have been threatened publicly and privately. Calls have been made to the Speaker, threatening MPs. Some have been denied visas and warned to stay away from this issue. It is sad that this intimidation is coming mainly from the Western diplomatic community,” Dr. Kennedy revealed.
He adds, “this intimidation is coming mainly from the Western diplomatic community.”
Dr. Arthur Kennedy’s revelation comes as vibes from MPs of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) indicate they are angling to vote against the bill. Their Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annoh Dompreh, has claimed the piece of legislation was defective.
However, after widespread public anger, the NPP MPs have been jolted into claiming that not a single one of them is against the bill.
Dr. Arthur Kennedy laments that the West is using crude pressure to resist the Bill even though it claims it is resisting the bill in an effort to engender tolerance towards gays.
“Unfortunately, the opposition to the bill, motivated by the noble desire to promote tolerance for our homosexual community, has been characterized by intolerance. In addition to democracy and the rule of law, the West exemplifies, to the eternal admiration of people like me, the attitude of tolerance.”
So far, four political parties, including the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have expressed support for the anti-gay law. Other political parties supporting the anti-gay laws include the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the National Democratic Party (NDP) and the All People’s Congress (APC) and the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG).
In Parliament, out of the eight MPs actively pushing the Bill, only one, Hon. Ntim Fordjour is from the NPP. And Hon. Ntim Fordjour is a Reverend Minister.
Dr. Kennedy encourages Parliament, whose Speaker, Alban Bagbin, has been threatened over the Bill, to stand its grounds and do what the Ghanaian people desire.