The Majority Leader of Ghana’s Parliament, Mr Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has given strong indication that the Parliament of Ghana will do the needful and what pleases Ghanaians on the passage of the Anti-LGBTQ+.
According to him leadership of the House have taken notice of huge debate and interests generated by the Anti-LGBTQI+ Bill which is currently before the Constitution, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament.
Addressing the members of the Parliamentary Press Corps (PPC) at a media briefing in Accra today, the Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs stated emphatically that Members of Parliament (MPs) are not in Parliament on our own volition but on the mandate of their constituents. Thus they will do whatever pleases them especially on the issue of passage of the anti-LGBTQIA.
“The message and the responses from our people is clear to informed our collective decision.” He indicated
“We are representatives of the people so the citizenry of this country should be rest assured that Parliament would not turn its back on them” Mr Mensah-Bonsu reiterated.
He explained that Ghana is practicing democratic governance where decisions taken base on majoriterian rule.
Again, Mr. Kyei Mensah-Bonsu quoted Article 125 of the 1992 Republican Constitution of Ghana to back the call by Ghanaians to have the anti LGBTQIA passed to promote, protect and safeguard the Ghanaian identity, culture, norms and values.
…And for those citing Article 108 as bases for the rejection of the Anti-LGBTQ Bill should also read Article 125 of the same 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
Article 125, 1 states “Justice emanates from the people and shall be administered in the name of the Republic by the judiciary which shall be independent and subject only to this Constitution.”
“Even aside the law, as Ghanaians we have our own upbringing, our own set of values based on wherever one comes from, either Ashanti, Brong, Eastern, Northern and others, there are certain values that guide us and our lives.
In all these places, traditions, religious bodies both Christians and Muslim flaws on this LGBTQ+ activities. Therefore as people we would always place our values and culture first in consideration of any other matters.” The Majority Leader emphasised.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH/inghananews.com