The campaign against attempts by the United States and the European Union to force the practice of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA) down the throats of Ghanaians has intensified as another minister-designate has come out with a clear position on the matter.
The past week, a foreign minister-designate, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey spoke extensively on how LGBTQIA practice is an affront to the laws and cultural values of Ghana. Another Minister-designate, Sarah Adwoa Safo, this time, from the Gender Ministry has also added her voice to the campaign.
Responding to questions from the Appointments Committee of Ghana’s parliament on 17 February 2021, the Minister-designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection said LGBTQI is a criminal practice by Ghanaian laws, non-negotiable and culturally unacceptable.
“Mr Chair, the issue of LGBT is an issue that when mentioned, it creates some controversy but what I want to say is that our laws are clear on such practice. It makes it criminal. Section 104 of the Criminal Code prohibits one from having unnatural carnal knowledge with another person. So, on the issue of its criminality, it is non-negotiable”. She said. Mrs. Sarah added that, “On the issue of our cultural acceptance and norms, these practices are also frowned upon. So, for me, these are two distinct clarities on the matter and that is what I strongly stand for.”
EUROPEAN UNION’S AGENDA IN GHANA
The European Union is currently promoting LGBTQIA practice in the West African country. The EU has announced its support for the community as dignitaries such as the Australian high commissioner Gregory Andrews and Danish Ambassador Tom Nørring attended the opening of an LGBTQI office in Accra Ghana. The Ghanaian chapter of the EU said a post on Facebook that: “A couple of weeks ago, the EU in Ghana, participated in the opening of the new community space of the @LGBTRightsGhana. Equality, tolerance and respect for each other are core values of the EU. The EU supports civil society organisations promoting #LGBTIQ rights, #EU4LGBT”.
CALLS FOR THE CLOSURE OF THE LGBTQI OFFICE IN ACCRA
The Executive Secretary of the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, Moses Foh-Amoaning has called on the government of Ghana to shut down an office suspected to be created for homos3xuals. “The presidency, the ministry of foreign Affairs and the IGP have every right to investigate that office to close it down immediately and arrest and prosecute those people involved in it,” he said. Apart from him, there are calls from a considerable number of people including religious and other prominent leaders for the office to be closed with immediate effect. Like the Ministers, the critics are basing their call on cultural issues.