An outspoken member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Ndebugre, has expressed surprise that Ghanaians including his party’s national executive and Members of Parliament are applauding President Mills over his stance on the controversial issue of legalizing homosexuality in Ghana.
According to the former PNC MP for Zebilla, President Mills just “pulled a fast one” on Ghanaians and is surprised not a single Ghanaian saw through the president’s move.
Mr. Ndebugre told the Globe Newspaper that the president should not receive the kind of praise he has received because he (President Mills) and UK Prime Minister David Cameron were not speaking at cross purposes on the issue.
“I’m surprised Ghanaians cannot take their time and listen to their president. President Mills did not contradict Cameron in anyway. Cameron says the British government is not going to assist countries whose governments legislate against minority rights, including gay rights and Mills says Ghana will not legalize homosexuality…and people are very happy? ”, Ndebugre retorted.
“I don’t see the basis of the happiness because we have not gone and we have not come… we have been where we have always been”, he added.
According to Mr. Ndebugre, Mr. Cameron’s threats were not even directed at Ghana and merited no response from President Mills. He argues that Ghana currently has no law frowning on homosexuality, hence, could not have been the target of the British.
Mr. Ndebugre’s comments come after President Mills received commendation from all parts of the political divide over his stance on the issue of legalizing homosexuality in Ghana. The main opposition New Patriotic Party has also come out to support the president’s stance but the former MP says he is baffled by the move.
“When President Mills said he is going to abide by the principles enshrined in the Constitution namely; freedom of association, freedom of conscience and freedom of thought, he is assuring Cameron that we are not legislating against gay rights”, Ndebugre told The Globe Newspaper.
Ghanaians have reacted with indignation to a purported threat by UK Prime Minister David Cameron to cut aid to African countries whose laws criminalise homosexuality.
The Prime Minister, who was speaking at the Commonwealth heads of government summit held at Perth in Australia some two weeks ago, indicated that future UK aid must come with some strings attached.
President Mills assured the nation that so long as Ghana remained a sovereign nation, no other country would dictate Ghana’s policies.
Source: The Globe Newspaper