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‘Donkomi’: Ghana is now worth “cheap” $3bn because of anti-LGBTQ bill – NDC slams Finance Ministry

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Deputy Communications Officer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Malik Basintale, has challenged the Finance Minister to identify the specific clause in Ghana’s agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that states passing the anti-gay law would result in a termination of the agreement.

In response to a letter from Ghana’s Finance Ministry to the President, advising against signing the bill into law due to potential implications such as hindering aid access, Basintale stated on TV3 that he has thoroughly reviewed the agreement but found no provision that would lead to the termination of the agreement with the IMF.

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“I’ve read this document over twenty times and I haven’t seen a single legal basis as to why Alhaji Amin Antah, MP for Karaga, will think that it is wrong for the president to sign a bill that stops man and man from marrying. There is no condition, there is no termination clause stated in this agreement that has got anything to do with LGBTQI. The basis that will lead to the termination of this agreement has got absolutely nothing to do with the passage of a law criminalizing LGBTQI.”

He believes that if the country’s cultural practices can be shelved because of some dollars to be donated to the country, Ghana should be sold to its highest bidder.

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“So I ask Alhaji Amin Antah, who has suddenly developed a love for LGBTQI and thinks that criminalizing them will lead us to not getting 3 billion loan. Paltry, last year 2022, the Auditor General’s report brought out infractions in public sector to a tune of 1.2 billion that is greater than 700 million per year Amin Antah thinks we should not set aside. If because of a paltry 3 billion loan this government thinks LGBTQI+ be practised in this country, it is time we sold this country to someone who will buy the country for cheap,” he said.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has reaffirmed Ghana’s dedication to upholding human rights, despite the recent passage of the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, also known as the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill.

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Speaking at a diplomatic event, he stressed that Ghana maintains its reputation for respecting human rights and following the rule of law.

The President clarified that the Bill is currently being challenged in the Supreme Court, and until a verdict is reached, his government will not enforce any provisions of the private Member’s bill.

In a circular shared by Director of communications at the office of the President, Eugene Arhin, the President said, “l am aware that last week’s bi-partisan passage by Parliament of the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, on a Private Member’s motion, has raised considerable anxieties in certain quarters of the diplomatic community and amongst some friends of Ghana that she may be turning her back on her, hitherto, enviable, longstanding record on human rights observance and attachment to the rule of law. I want to assure you that no such back-sliding will be contemplated or occasioned.”

President Akufo-Addo clarified that the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill has not yet been presented to him for formal action. He stated that any decision he takes regarding the Bill will depend on the outcome of the lawsuit challenging it in the Supreme Court.

“I think it will serve little purpose to go, at this stage, into the details of the origin of this proposed law, which is yet to reach my desk. But, suffice it to say, that I have learnt that, today, a challenge has been mounted at the Supreme Court by a concerned citizen to the constitutionality of the proposed legislation,” the President added.

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