Member of NPP Communications Team, Ernest Kumi

A member of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) communications team, Ernest Kumi, has said that the Ghanaian society is nowhere near that time of endorsing the activities of homosexuals.

According to him, opposers of the Anti-LGBTQ bill have no case since traditional institutions frown on the practice.

“Our traditions, our customs and everything vehemently objects to this, and there’s no way we’ve gotten to this point for us to accept such practices as part of our customs and traditions,” he explained.

He said this in the wake of controversies surrounding the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021, which has sparked conversations over sexuality.

Mr Kumi made these comments on Joy Prime on Tuesday, October 12.

“I think that we are in a good place when the report of CDD is telling us that about 93% of Ghanaians are not in support of such a legislation which means we are still not there,” he told JoyNews’ Benjamin Akakpo.

Background

The controversial bill, titled “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021”, is before the Committee of Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

The Bill, among others, seeks to strengthen and augment existing legislation on the country’s penal code, which criminalizes consensual “unnatural carnal knowledge” with people over the age of 16 years and under section 104 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) as amended by Act 646 of 2003.

The bill is expected to ensure that people who engage in homosexual activity could be fined or jailed for three to five years.



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