November 2, 2011

A legislator in Ghana’s Parliament Gifty Ohene Konadu has jumped to the defence of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has served notice to anti-gay African states to relax laws on homosexuals or face aid cut from the UK.

Cameron has come under intense lampoon across Africa for what many describe as interference in the affairs of sovereign nations of the continent and a clear disregard for African culture.

However, speaking to Citi News on Tuesday, Honourable Konadu said she wonders why some people are riled up by Mr Cameron’s message. She added that homosexuals are human beings who must enjoy their rights and not to be condemned.

According to the MP for Asante Akim South, the comment made by the UK premier calls for a sober analysis for the appropriate conclusions to be drawn and not for Ghanaians to condemn him in a scathing and vitriolic manner.

“I don’t understand why people are talking about just one set of people. .. in any case these are human beings and they must enjoy their rights,” the MP argued. “So we should not just condemn it. We should look at it and give it the merit that it deserves.”

“I will stand in the middle, I will not pass any judgement as to whether it is good or bad. Every issue has its merit and demerit and we should think through it critically and analyse it before we start making noise and condemning it left and right.”

Asked whether homosexuality should be legalised, Honourable Konadu stated that the issue is a broad one that must be debated and critically analysed before a firm decision can be taken.

The British Prime Minister’s comment has been received with strong condemnation from Ghanaians asking the UK to keep its aid if such conditionality is enforced.

The government of Ghana is yet to make an official statement on the matter, but the Minister of Trade and Industry, Hannah Tetteh, has already indicated that Cameron’s threat is unacceptable and that Ghana would not kowtow to any amount of pressure to change its rules to allow same sex relationships.