Ghana should consider legislation against LGBT advocacy, says Oppong Nkrumah

Information Minister-designate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah is proposing a legislation against the advocacy of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activities.

According to him, given the current advocacy around the legalisation of homosexuality in Ghana, the country needs to consider passing a law that tackles its promotion because the practice in itself is culturally unacceptable and goes contrary to Section 104 of the Criminal Code, 1960.

Oppong Nkrumah who is also MP for Ofoase Ayirebi Constituency was responding to questions when he took his turn before Parliament’s Appointments Committee for vetting on Thursday 18 February 2021.

Alien to our customary law

“Customary law frowns on LGBT activities,” the former broadcaster pointed out.

He added: “People say despite the criminal code on the general position of customary law, it is just mere expression, they are just advocating for it, but if you ask me about law and background, I will say that is when somebody like me will argue that then we should be able to contemplate legislation in the interest of public morality, which will not be against the constitution, but we will now say that you cannot advocate for and promote LGBT activities in this country.”

His comments follow the participation of the European Union (EU) in the opening of a new office space for LGBTQI reiterating its support for similar organisations in the country.

This the minister-designate for information stressed that the practice is alien to Ghana’s customs and tradition and it is the reason why laws must be passed to deal with persons who advocate and promote its practice in the country.

Credit: AsaaseRadio

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