Deputy National Organiser of the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Chief Nixon Biney, has kicked against the group led by Lawyer Akoto Ampaw fighting against the passage of the LGBTQ+ Bill into law.
Speaking on UTV’s ‘Adekye Nsroma’ programme on Tuesday, he suspects the group is preparing grounds to set an unwholesome agenda.
According to Biney, there are people who are in high offices who are interested in fighting the bill just for their own material benefit.
“There is no smoke without fire . . . we have to look at the lives of these people . . . we have to monitor their movement.”
” . . why don’t they go to Arab contries and tell them it is human rights. . . since they are professors they should buy plane tickets and go and advocate there,” he added.
Wereko-Brobby, Tsikata, Akoto Ampaw Others Kick Against LGBTQ Bill
According to the group, the bill — Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill — when passed into law, would erode fundamental human rights, as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution, and send Ghana to the dark ages of lawlessness and intolerance.
The group, made up of 18 members, has already submitted a 30-page memorandum to Parliament, detailing what it described as the unconstitutionality of the bill.
At a press conference in Accra, the group said its advocacy was not about whether lesbianism or gayism was right or wrong but rather it was worried about the blatant violations of human rights, as contained in the bill.
The group include lawyer Mr Akoto Ampaw; author, scholar and former Director of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Prof. Emerita Takyiwaa Manuh; a communications and media expert, Prof. Kwame Karikari; the Dean of the University of Ghana (Legon) School of Law, Prof. Raymond Atuguba, and the Dean of the University of Ghana School of Information and Communication Studies, Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo.
The Director of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Professor Dzodzi Tsikata; the Executive Director of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Professor H. Kwasi Prempeh, and a former Executive Director of CDD-Ghana, Prof. Kofi Gyimah-Boadi, are also members of the group.
Others are Dr Rose Mensah-Kutin, Dr Yao Graham, Mr Kwasi Adu Amankwah, Dr Kojo Asante, Mr Kingsley Ofei-Nkansah, Mr Akunu Dake, Mr Tetteh Hormeku-Ajie, Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby, Dr Joseph Asunka and Nana Ama Agyemang Asante.