Bernard Ahiafo, MP for Akatsi South and Ranking Member on Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Legal and Parliamentary Affairs has hinted that the Anti-LGBTQIA Bill will be laid before the house tomorrow, March 24, 2023.
In an interview, he stated that the committee has completed all work on the bill. He stated that the committee’s report is expected to be laid for debate, after which the August house will make a decision.
According to him, the Committee is not holding anything back on the bill, and all memorandum from stakeholders has been considered to juxtapose and align it with the 1992 Constitution.
Ghanaians will not be disappointed, according to him, because the Committee has painstakingly gone through clause by clause and is ready to be passed.
In response to international pressure and threats, he stated that Ghana is a sovereign nation and that no country can impose its culture on us.
He stated that the bill was introduced as a private members bill and that it was referred to the committee after the first reading.
He said that the committee received 200 Memoranda from CSOs, Christian societies, Islamic groups, individuals, and academics and that they were required to sit and listen to those who presented the Memoranda.
He went on to say that they had completed their work and were nearing the point where the report and recommendations would be presented to the House.
After the report is submitted, it will be considered and given a second reading; after that, it will be given a third reading and passage, and the President will be expected to sign it.
Ugandan lawmakers approved an anti-LGBTQ bill on Tuesday, imposing up to 20 years in prison for people who identify as LGBTQ+.
The bill prohibits a variety of activities, including promoting and abetting homosexuality as well as conspiring to engage in homosexuality.
According to the bill, the death penalty can be invoked for cases involving “aggravated homosexuality” – a broad term used in the legislation to describe sex acts committed without consent or under duress, against children, people with mental or physical disabilities, by a “serial offender,” or involving incest.
“A person who commits the offence of aggravated homosexuality and is liable, on conviction to suffer death,” the amendments of the bill read.