Charles Owusu has applauded the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin, for being blunt on the position of Parliament on the matter of whether or not a legislation should be made to criminalize homosexual practices in Ghana.
The Vice President of United States of America, Kamala Harris, during her visit to Ghana, spoke out in support of LGBTQ+ people in Africa.
She made her position in support of the LGBTQ+ community very vivid in her meeting with President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and sounded she was advocating that Ghana declares support for homosexual acts.
“I will also say that this is an issue that we consider and I consider to be a human rights issue and that will not change,” she said.
But the Speaker, in response, has made it emphatic that LGBTQ+ will not be tolerated in Ghana.
Charles Owusu Praises Parliament
The former Head of Monitoring Unit at the Forestry Commission, Charles Owusu has asked Parliament not to support any law that fails to criminalize the act of homosexuality in Ghana.
He rebuked the US Vice President for coming into Ghana to sound what seems like a caution to Ghanaians for choosing not to legalize the practices of homosexuals.
"We won't sit in this country for someone to come from somewhere and tell us that he or she accepts humans to have sex with dogs but a man cannot marry two wives. It's a taboo in America to marry two wives," he said and wondered why America would want to compel Ghana and other African countries to accept LGBTQ+ acts.
"My daughters cannot introduce a woman to me as their husband. It won't happen infront of me. What law in Ghana can compel me to allow this to happen in my home?", he warned.
He admonished the authorities in the country to point it out clearly to the US and all advocates of homosexuality that "we (Ghana) won't accept this today or tomorrow".
He said, "I was so happy when I read that Pope Francis directed that no Reverend father should celebrate over gay or lesbian marriage. Yes, Rome has spoken and the matter is ended, so committee members that will refer to the bill, we want the report.
"Don't be intimidated by any person. I made this statement when I was a member of the European ACP Parliament in Brussels. Now we have two of our members in, who happen to be leading our committee constitutional legal colloquial affairs, who are handling the bill and since we referred it to them; till date, we haven't heard anything.”
He continued; "That is creation and that is the spice of life. How come we are using that to divide ourselves? Please let the report flow. We need to legislate. Our friends, yes passed their law in Uganda. We did not go the way they have gone because our constitution is clear as to the direction we should move and so we will be guided by that.
"Because if we pass any law against the constitution, it's unconstitutional. So, we have to do that. So, what are you afraid of if you have the whole people behind you? If God is with you, who can be against you? And if God says please go into the wilderness, multiply and fill the world, that is God giving you that command.
"If somebody says please don't multiply, how can that person be strong? I don't only speak this way in Ghana, I spoke it in the last meeting we attended in IPU at Barry. Anybody who listened to my speech, they were silent on this matter, likely because it's a Muslim country. They applauded me.
"If it's somewhere else, they will be asking questions, as the vice president just did yesterday. These things should not be tolerated, that is undemocratic. What is democracy? That somebody else will have to dictate to me as what is good and what is bad; it’s unheard of. Because we have decided to devalue ourselves and go begging.
"Come on! We have more than enough. God has created more than enough for every person. It’s just because you are looking at somebody else’s share, not yours. We have enough in the well. The bill will be passed.
"That is why we are representative of the people, so in terms of law which is part of policy, we finalise it and then the executives have the authority to implement it, to execute it. Let's get this clear. Once this bill is before here, he is not in charge, I am in charge."
Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana
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