We should consider legislation against LGBTQI advocacy – Information Minister-designate



The Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah is proposing legislation against the advocacy of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Queer Intersex (LGBTQI) activities.

According to him, given the current advocacy around the legalization of homosexuality in the country, the country needs to consider passing a law on it.


He explained to Parliament’s Appointments Committee during his vetting Thursday, that a law will tackle it’s promotion because the practice in itself is culturally unacceptable and goes contrary to section 104 of the Criminal Code, 1960.


His comments follow the stoking of the LGBTQI controversy in the country after the participation of the European Union (EU) in the opening of new office space for members of the group.


The EU has reiterated its supports for similar organisations in the country.

Several CSOs have criticised the EU, advising it to leave Ghana make the rules when it comes to what its culture should be.


Commenting on the issue at his vetting, the Information Minister-designate stressed that the practice is alien to Ghanaian customs and tradition and it is the reason why laws must be passed to deal with persons who advocates and promotes it practice in the country.


Mr. Oppong Nkrumah who is also the Ofoase Ayirebi MP said, “Customary law frowns on LGBT activities.


“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.”

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