Parliament Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu says it is unfathomable for the group led by famous lawyer Akoto Ampaw to describe Ghana’s parliament as unworthy of a modern parliament for the simple fact that there is an anti-LGBTQ + bill to be discussed on the House floor.
According to the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, MPs who have formed a coalition to introduce an anti-LGBTQ + bill to restrict LGBTQ activities have the right to do so if they feel the majority of Ghanaians do not like them. activities as a sovereign state.
Speaking on Okay FM’s morning show ‘Ade Akye Abia’, the MP for Suame constituency in Ashanti region noted that the group’s position opposing the bill to brandish parliament as in the old days for the fact that the House wants to lend an attentive ear to the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs which deals with the bill does not stand up.
“We haven’t even started a discussion on the LGBTQ + bill in Parliament and so if some groups of people describe Parliament as unworthy of a modern Parliament, I don’t understand them. We are unworthy of a modern parliament because we have decided to listen to MPs who have introduced a bill to parliament for discussion or. . .?” He asked.
He added that Parliament would be rather wrong to ignore the MPs who introduced the bill on behalf of the majority of Ghanaians who do not like LGBTQ + activities to be entertained in the country, as stipulated in the Constitution of 1992. that justice emanate from the people.
He stressed that the adoption of any law in the country depends on the way of life of Ghanaians. Thus, Parliament’s decision to discuss the LGBTQ + bill cannot be called as old-fashioned as the media claims by a group led by attorney Akoto. Ampoue; reminding him that justice in Ghana is not imported from England or America but rather from Ghanaian culture.
“Justice does not come from England or America which was brought into the country, and therefore our culture and tradition play a vital role in our justice system in the country, as enshrined in the Constitution of 1992 “, he maintained.
“The fact that the professors have expressed their point of view on the LGBTQ + bill does not make their comments a rule sent by God for us to accept it like that. You can’t accept it like that; we need to discuss the bill in parliament and know whether to pass it or not, ”he said.
Regarding the religious sentiment attached to the LGBTQ + bill, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu opposed it, saying it would introduce more religious beliefs that would deepen the discussion on LGBTQ + issues since justice under the Constitution of 1992 does not emanate from the Bible and the Koran.
“When you started the introduction you said that I am a Christian, but the matter we are discussing, I will rather focus on Ghanaian culture because the Constitution does not say that our righteousness emanates from the Bible or the Quran. . . “, he stated.
“So the issue in question should be discussed without religion, because if we allow religion to settle in the discussion, then the different religious denominations will reduce the discussion to their religious beliefs and doctrines,” he added. .