Akufo-Addo told not to dare sign anti-gay bill

Ghana's President, Akufo-Addo

Akufo-Addo told not to dare sign anti-gay bill

Ghanaians have continued to expressed their open anger on the pending anti-gay bill, and had also advised the government not ascend it into law in order to avoid the wrath of the people.

In a lead of opposition to the anti-gay bill, the Ministry of Finance has advised the Ghana’s President, Akufo-Addo to refrain from signing the recently passed Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill into law.

According to the Ministry, if the bill is signed into law, it will have severe repercussions on the country’s financial support from international organisations like the Bretton Woods Institutions.

The statement highlighted concerns that the expected US$300 million financing from the First Ghana Resilient Recovery Development Policy Operation (Budget Support), currently awaiting Parliamentary approval, might not be disbursed if the bill is signed into law.

Additionally, ongoing negotiations on the Second Ghana Resilient Recovery Development Policy Operation (Budget Support), amounting to US$300 million, could be suspended.

The Ministry emphasised that these potential outcomes could result in a significant loss of financial resources, leading to a financing gap in the 2024 budget.

 

To address these challenges, the Ministry called upon the President to engage with religious bodies to discuss the implications of signing the bill and to establish a robust coalition and framework for supporting key development initiatives.

“The Presidency may have a structured engagement with local conservative forces such as religious bodies and faith-based organisations to communicate the economic implications of the passage of the ‘Anti-LGBTQ’ Bill and to build a stronger coalition and a framework for supporting key development initiative that is likely to be affected.”

It also added that “the President may have to defer assenting to the Bill until the court rules on the legal issues tabled by key national stakeholders (CSOs and CHRAJ).”

The recently approved Promotion of Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, commonly known as the anti-LGBTQ+ bill, passed through various stages in Parliament.

The legislation categorizes engaging in “unnatural carnal knowledge” as a misdemeanor, carrying a maximum imprisonment term of three years.

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