The President of Ghana, John Evans Atta Mills, has said the Prime Minister of UK, David Cameron, has no right to direct anti-gay and sovereign African countries to legalise homosexuality in order to continue receiving aid.
He said Britain cannot tell Ghana what to do, adding that the country would not in any way bow to such pressure because it is at variance with the country’s constitution.
“I as President of this nation would never initiate or support any attempt to legalise homosexuality in Ghana,” President Mills told the press at the Castle, Osu. “As a government we will abide by the principles enshrined in the constitution which is supreme.”
Ghana’s laws like many African countries frown on homosexuality and lesbianism, but the UK PM has threatened to cut aid to African countries whose laws are stiff on gays.
The Prime Minister’s comment has been received with strong condemnation from a lot of Ghanaians asking the UK to keep its aid if such conditionality is enforced.
President Mills said on Wednesday that Ghana would go by the constitution because legalising homosexuality has the tendency to destroy the moral fibre of society.
He said UK can keep its aid if it would attach such conditionalities.
“Let me make one thing very clear, no one can deny Prime Minister Cameron his right to make policies, take initiatives or make statements that reflect his societal norms and ideals, but he does not have the right to direct other sovereign nations as to what they should do especially when their societal norms are different,” President Mills pointed out.
“Let me also state that while we acknowledge all the financial assistance and aid by our development partners, we would not accept any aid with strings attached if that aid will not inure to our interest or the implementation of that aid with strings attached would worsen our plight as a nation or destroy the very society that we want to improve. ”
Source Citifmonline Ghana