Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill: Don’t assent – Samia Nkrumah to Akufo-Addo

Samia Yaba Nkrumah, the former Member of Parliament for Jomoro, has urged President Akufo-Addo to refrain from approving the Bill on Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, commonly known as the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill.

This legislation, ratified in Parliament on February 28, 2024, aims to criminalize LGBTQ+ activities and prohibit their promotion, advocacy, and financial support.

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The Bill proposes penalties ranging from a 6-month to 3-year imprisonment for offenders, while individuals engaged in promoting or financing such activities could face 3 to 5 years of incarceration.

Nevertheless, the Bill has faced opposition from various quarters, including the United States Ambassador to Ghana, Virginia Evelyn Palmer, who has threatened to sever business ties with Ghana should the Bill be enacted into law.

Echoing this sentiment, Samia Nkrumah, in an interview with the Daily Graphic, criticized the Bill as excessively “severe and unjust”.

She has voiced her dissent, emphasizing that the legislation could exacerbate societal divisions, an outcome she strongly opposes.

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“I pray the President does not sign it, or assent to it. I believe it is a brutal, harsh and unjust law, and we don’t need it. We are against rape, paedophilia, against all these situations that people seem to be terrified of gays and I think we need to educate ourselves.

But most importantly I don’t support anything that brings division and torments the people of Ghana. We are all Ghanaians, and we need to protect and take care of each other.”

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