Majority leader refuses to state position on LGBTQ + bill
• Majority leader says statement on LGBTQ + bill that has yet to be considered is damaging
• The deputy for Suame maintains that his statement will be interpreted as the position of the House
• A bill criminalizing LGBTQ + activities is currently before parliament
The Ghanaian majority leader in Parliament, Simon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has refused to take a position on the LGBTQ + bill pending before the House.
When Ghana’s parliament meets on October 26, 2021, one of the first things it will consider in its activities is a bill that will unequivocally criminalize LGBTQ + activities if passed.
Ahead of the anticipated discussion of the bill by parliament, the house majority leader, in an interview with Okay FM monitored by GhanaWeb, declined to give his position on the bill which already divides the nation on the lines. Support.
“When we speak of parliament, the leader of the majority is the head of the house. So if I declare a position now, it will be interpreted as the position of Parliament, to mean either that the House is in favor of the bill or that we are against it, ”he said.
Kwame Nkrumah Tikese who is the host of the radio show, told the Suame MP that a statement by him can be clarified as personal, but the majority leader disagreed.
“Such statements could be very damaging,” replied Mr. Kyei Mensah.
The 38-page bill before Parliament, among others, states that persons of the same sex who have sex are “liable on summary conviction to a fine of at least seven hundred and fifty units. penalty and not more than five thousand penalty units, or imprisonment for not less than three years and not more than five years or both.
The bill targets people who “present themselves as lesbian, gay, transgender, transsexual, queer, pansexual, ally, non-binary identity or any other sexual or gender identity contrary to binary categories and female.
The bill also targets promoters and defenders of LGBTQ + rights, including “a person who, through the use of media, a technology platform, a technology account or any other means, produces, purchases, markets, broadcasts, broadcasts, publishes or distributes material for promotional purposes. an activity prohibited under the bill, or a person uses an electronic device, the Internet service, a film or any other device capable of electronic storage or transmission to produce, procure, market, broadcast, broadcast, publish or distribute material for the purpose of promoting an activity prohibited by the bill ”as well as a person who“ encourages, supports sympathy or a change of public opinion towards an act prohibited by the bill ”.
Within the framework of its provisions, the bill specifies that an offender can be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of at least six years or of not more than ten years of imprisonment.