Recall that we earlier reported news of some Ghanaian lawmakers and speaker of parliament being threatened by western diplomats with visa and other sanctions for proposing a bill themed “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021” to curb the practice and promotion of LGBTQI+ in the west African country. The threat has gone sour as some senior lawmakers in Ghana also issued warning to the diplomatic community to put a stop to their unlawful escapades in the country or be moved out.
Speaking during an interview on Wednesday October 13, 2021, Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka who is a lawmaker decried the undemocratic meddling in the affairs of Ghana by the diplomatic corps. According to him, no diplomat or country possess any power to sanction lawmakers for the decision they take in Parliament.
“It’s against the constitution of Ghana for any member of parliament to be punished for expressing his or her opinion on national issues in the house of parliament. So therefore, no embassy can punish any MP (Member of Parliament) in this country to kowtow to their wish.” Honorable Muntaka said.
The lawmaker who doubles as a chief whip in parliament also issued a strong warning to the embassies planning to resort to visa restrictions as a way of intimidating parliament to withdraw the bill. According to him, any attempt from these embassies in that regard will lead to their closure in the country.
“If we see any embassy that uses this specifically that, because of this (bill), they won’t give lawmakers visas, we will organize a demonstration to close down that embassy; you can’t come and impose your culture on us. If you tell us that, the reason why you won’t give Sam George (a lead advocate for the bill) or other lawmakers visa is because of this bill, then you cannot be in our country.” He added.
Speaking on threats from the diplomats to cut aid, the lawmaker said, “If you decide not to give us your money, we will understand because it is your own money; but if you say members of parliament from our country cannot visit your country, we will also ensure that, nobody from your country can visit our country. That’s why I like Nigeria; Nigeria is very very emphatic about that; you put a sanction, they put similar.”
Alhaji Muntaka is not the only authority who spoke against the forceful approach being adopted by the west to push for the legalization of LGBTQ in Ghana against their laws and cultural values. Earlier, the country’s speaker of parliament, Honorable Alban Bagbin said “We will not threaten any person but we shall also not be threatened; and all those threatening the members of parliament who are leading this bill, please be warned. We cannot be threatened in our homes. This must be stated loud and clear.”
“To those who have come to do business in Ghana, those who represent their countries and think that they are right. We also represent our country and they will never, they can never dictate to us as to how to live or not to live in this world and I am very clear in my mind that, this house, the parliament of Ghana will pass this bill as soon as possible.” The speaker added.