LEAKED, LGBTQI +:Akufo-Addo to pass LGBTQI bill
Sections of a draft bill that seeks to criminalise same-sex activities in Ghana have been leaked on social media.
The draft bill is being introduced to Parliament by eight Members of Parliament (MP) including the Tamale North MP Alhassan Suhuyini, the Dadekotopon MP Rita Odoley Sowah, the Krachi West MP Helen Ntoso, the South Dayi MP Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, the Kpando MP Della Adjoa Sowah and the Ningo-Prampram Sam George.
As part of the bill, the legislators want a prohibition of any surgical sex-change procedures. They have also asked countries promoting the rights of LGBTQI+ persons to refrain from the use of threats of force against the independence of Ghana, citing the UN Charter which recognises the sovereignty of member states.
“…I will not be going into the details of the bill now because this bill is undergoing gazetting, after gazetting it becomes a public document. Someway, somehow, someone has leaked it to the media and the media is engaged in all types of interpretations,” Sam George said in an interview on Accra-based Joy FM.
“I believe that the issues that are defined as crime or as offensive in the act are clear. I mean a conversation or an interview of this nature I do no not believe is promoting of homosexuality…”.
Declining not to go into the details of the bill, Sam George however revealed that the bill clearly defines promotion and advocacy of LGBTGI+ activities as well as what sexual intercourse constitutes in Ghana.