November 30, 2017

Member of Parliament for Assin South, John Ntim Fordjour has said no constituency in Ghana will endorse legislation to accept homosexuals and lesbians in Ghana.

He further pointed out in an interview that the comments by the President on homosexual should be put in context, as the question did not illicit President’s personal stand on the issue.

President said: “this is a social, cultural issue, I don’t believe that in Ghana so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say ‘change it, let’s now have a new paradigm in Ghana…At the moment, I don’t feel, I don’t see that in Ghana there is that strong current of opinion that is saying this is something we need to deal with.

It is not so far a matter that is on the agenda. I grew up in England at the time that homosexuality was banned there. It was illegal and I lived a period where British politicians thought it was an item not to even think about.

But suddenly the activities of individuals and groups, a certain awareness, a certain development grew and grew stronger and it forced a change in law. I believe that those are the same processes that will bring about changes in our situation”.

He noted that he had advocated against homosexuality in Ghana and recounted when Amnesty International in July this year visited the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, MPs spoke against their suggestion that Ghana should consider reviewing its law to accommodate homosexuals.

And added that he carried this crusade and had support of chiefs whiles the President Nana Akufo-Addo lend his support to his crusade.

He went on to say that, “we are not ready to amend our laws to accept homosexuality what is the president’s agenda, it is to find jobs for our people”, he said.

And I do not see any pressure coming on government to change our laws to accommodate homosexuals and lesbians, our people respect our culture and to change our law has to go through Parliament.

Each of the 275 people represent a constituency, no constituency in Ghana whose people have collectively decided to resend their decision with their value for homosexuality, any attempts to make such laws will be resisted.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/