The Member of Parliament for Nsawam Adoagyiri Constituency, Hon. Frank Annor -Dompreh has expressed worry over the politicization of the anti-LGBTQI+ bill.
The legislator says as a majority in parliament, they have agreed in principle that we need a legislation to protect and preserve our values as a people.
However, the bill in it’s current state is problematic, he added.
He opined that the bill is defective.
The legislator in a tweet said “It’s unfortunate the LGBTQ bill is being politicised. As the majority caucus in Parliament, we agree in principle that legislation that protects Ghanaian values in all areas of life must be supported. However the bill, as it is now, is defective.”
In his view, we need to work on the aspects that are defective and fine-tune it to ensure that it protects the rights and freedoms of people that have not been interrupted for over three decades.
“We need to fine-tune it to ensure that it maximises the protection of rights and freedoms in consonance with democratic principles as we have practiced uninterrupted for over 3 decades.”
The recent anti-LGBT bill drafted by some eight Ghanaian legislators has created several controversies.
Portions of the Bill state that individuals of the same sex who engage in sexual intercourse are; “liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than seven hundred and fifty penalty units and not more than five thousand penalty units, or to a term of imprisonment of not less than three years and not more than five years or both.”
Also, the proposed anti-LGBT bill states that “a person who, by use of media, technological platform, technological account or any other means, produces, procures, markets, broadcasts, disseminates, publishes or distributes a material for purposes of promoting an activity prohibited under the Bill, or a person who uses an electronic device, the Internet service, a film, or any other device capable of electronic storage or transmission to produce, procure, market, broadcast, disseminate, publishes or distribute a material for purposes of promoting an activity prohibited under the Bill, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction, to a term of imprisonment of not less than five years and not more than ten years.”
The eight legislators spearheading the fight against same-sex relationships in the country through this bill are; MP for Ningo-Prampram, Sam George, Ho West MP, Emmanuel Bedzrah, MP for Kpando, Della Adjoa Sowah, and John Ntim Fordjour, the MP for Assin South.
The rest are MP for Tamale North, Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini, La Dadekotopon MP, Rita Naa Odoley Sowah, the MP for Krachi West, Helen Adjoa Ntoso, and Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, the MP for South Dayi.