Speaker Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has claimed that Africa is unafraid of the subliminal threats of Western aid and investment withdrawal.
He remarked that the continent’s efforts to defend its culture, morals, and social conventions as well as to secure the future of its youth had not been damaged by these threats or other severe economic restrictions.
According to a statement from the Public Affairs Directorate of Parliament, which was forwarded to the Ghana News Agency, the Speaker made the comments during a meeting in Westminster in London with members of the British House of Lords and House of Commons.
The law passed recently in Uganda on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQI) phenomena and the measure on the promotion of human sexual rights and family values that is currently before Ghana’s parliament were cited as being of concern to the British members of parliament.
“Threats are not the way to go. If your neighbour or partner has a problem, you help him to solve it. Boycotts and threats do not solve problems, engagement and understanding do,” the Speaker said.
After reaching consensus on what constituted human rights, beliefs, and principles, he added, a group of individuals went ahead; “what was required is alignment and understanding of their context.”
Speaker Bagbin explained to his hosts that the function of Parliament was to receive bills from the executive or from members of civil society or interest groups, typically through the procedure that permits a Private Member’s Bill.
Following that, Parliament moves the bill through the steps outlined in its Standing Orders and in accordance with the Ghanaian Constitution.
“There is nothing untoward; nothing wrong with the efforts by Parliament to legislate on the promotion of human sexual rights and family values in Ghana, using our constitution as a compass,” he said.
“There is an urgent need for legislation in the area of LGBTTQR± in Ghana. Parliament is aware of the copious human rights provisions in the Constitution of the country.
Parliament is aware that any legislation that violates the freedoms and rights protected by our constitution will be a subject of legal action in our court of law, he continued.
The Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament stated that it had the authority and the capacity to pass legislation on the matter and would not tolerate any intervention from the Executive in response to a query about the role of the President in the relevant law.