Anti-Gay Bill: ‘We’ll uphold Ghana’s core values, leave us out if anyone fails you’- NDC MPs
“We owe it a duty to uphold the natural order of things, we’re firm, resolute, uncompromising and unwaveringly on the principle that we stand opposed to the practice, formalisation and legalisation of LGBTQ+ which are Homosexuality-gayism, lesbianism and advocacy in Ghana”, Minority Leader of Ghana’s Parliament Haruna Iddrisu has told Journalists Friday, 15 October 2021 in Accra.
Ghana’s Minority Caucus of Parliament affirmed at a question and answer session on Friday, 15 October 2021 that it is mobilizing the full bipartisan thumps up of the house to pass the anti-GBTQ+ bill to “hold high the ethical banner of Ghana.”
Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu told the press: “Certain issues of importance, either make or put in two the aggregate solidarity of individuals of a country at crucial points in time in its set of experiences, and the parliament of Ghana should stand the litmus test.”
As per him, “in the event that anyone disappoint you, it isn’t the NDC Minority.”
He said “we will demand a vote” on “each going with sentence”, including “changes to each arrangement”.
“We will do what is lawfully needful inside the 1992 Constitution of Ghana by provision, and we need each individual from parliament to get counted and to remain to be considered mirroring the goals of Ghanaian individuals.”
The Majority side of the house held a question and answer session on Tuesday at which Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the bill should be dealt with in a painstakingly adjusted way, taking note of that Speaker Alban Bagbin, all alone, can’t submit the whole chamber regarding the bill’s entry.
The Suame MP said: “We are a vote based nation and parliament ought to guarantee that the freedoms of residents are secured.”
Majority rule government, he noted, doesn’t signify “we should overlook or ignore all minority groups in LGBTQ+ matter”.
“The suitable thing will be done,” he noted, refering to Article 40 (a) of Ghana’s Constitution as “the driving rule that ought to support our global relations.”
“In its dealings with different countries, the public authority will advance and ensure the interests of Ghana,” the Majority Leader noted.
Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu added that “the Speaker can’t speak for MPs of parliament, the Speaker can make a reference to Parliament which will be customized by the business board for thought.”
“I’ll see it troublesome in the event that we have a Speaker who, as his very own component precursor as a previous individual from parliament, says that parliament will pass the bill. It’s a touch of trouble except if I didn’t hear well.”
“I’m not saying parliament won’t pass it, however the Speaker ought not make a fate for the house since he’s not a Member of Parliament and this is the matter of Parliament,” Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu told media practitioners.
Meanwhile, there was a sharp rebuttal from Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu to his Majority counterpart on recent position of the Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Alban Kingsford Bagbin that ‘the LGBT+Bill will be passed into law by the end of 2021.
According to Haruna Iddrisu, the Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu was wrong in the position he expressed that the speaker made a mistake of making a pre-determined stance on the bill ahead of debate.
“Every Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament whether past or present is at liberty to express opinions on a matter”, Iddrisu noted.
According to him, the NDC MPs in Parliament will insists on clause-by-clause votes on the LGBTQ+ Bill in every process leading to the passage of the anti-gay proposed law before parliament. In view of this, every MP whether belonging to opposition and the governing party must stand up to be counted for the record in the full glare of the public.
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