05.03.2024 Headlines

Ghana’s Anti-gay bill too harsh, inhuman for criminalising a person's natural sexuality – Franklin Cudjoe

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05.03.2024 LISTEN

President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has kicked against Ghana’s anti-gay bill passed by Parliament.

After three years in Parliament, the bill was finally passed last week.

As the country awaits presidential assent from President Akufo-Addo for the bill to become law, there is concern about how it will impact the country financially and economically.

Amid the conversation, Franklin Cudjoe in a post on Facebook has said the anti-gay bill is too harsh.

In his post, the IMANI Africa boss described the bill as inhuman for criminalising a person's natural sexuality.

“That said, the anti-gay bill is too harsh and inhuman for criminalising a person's natural sexuality. I do not recall any aspects of our cultural values that say we should throw persons we don't like and who haven't harmed us or stolen from us into jail as if that in itself would cure them of their sexuality,” Franklin Cudjoe said in his post.

Mr. Cudjoe said despite this position, he will support laws against anyone who verifiably tries to recruit teenagers into playing any form of sexuality other than which they were born with.

Ghana’s anti-gay bill proscribes LGBTQ+ activities and criminalizes its promotion, advocacy and funding.

Anyone caught in the act would be subjected to a 6 months to 3 year jail term with promoters and sponsors of the act facing a 3 to 5 year jail term.

The Ministry of Finance has warned that the bill when assented into law will impact the finances of the country.

The Ministry in a paper to President Akufo-Addo said Ghana is likely to lose US$3.8 billion in World Bank Financing over the next five to six years if the bill becomes law.

The Ministry also said that in 2024, Ghana will lose US$600 million in budget support and US$250 million for the Financial Stability Fund.

This, the Ministry explained will negatively impact Ghana’s foreign exchange reserves and exchange rate stability as these inflows are expected to shore up the country’s reserve position.

Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo

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