Anti-LGBTQ bill: If politics is all about populism, Sam George could be NDC’s presidential candidate – Gabby Otchere-Darko

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As the discussion encompassing the dubious enemy of LGBTQ charge wears on, the author of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Otchere-Darko, has attacked NDC’s Sam George, one of the backers of the draft.

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The Ningo Prampram Member of Parliament has been at the bleeding edge of energizing help for the bill, which looks to condemn the exercises of LGBTQ+ people.

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On the off chance that the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill is passed, people who participate in the said practice could look as long as five years detainment.

A few backers could likewise look as long as 10-year-prison time contingent upon the wrongdoing.

Bits of the bill recommended that “an individual who, by utilization of media, innovative stage, mechanical record or some other means, produces, secures, markets, communicates, spreads, distributes or appropriates a material for reasons for advancing an action denied under the Bill, or an individual uses an electronic gadget, the Internet administration, a film, or some other gadget fit for electronic capacity or transmission to deliver, acquire, market, broadcast, scatter, distributes or disseminate a material for motivations behind advancing an action restricted under the Bill submits an offense and is obligated on synopsis conviction to a term of detainment of at the very least five years and not over ten years.”

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Defenders say they have the staggering help of Ghanaians, one reason why they are pushing that it be passed quickly.

Be that as it may, the enactment faces solid resistance as the Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs gets more than 120 notices equipped towards molding the bill.

While these memoranda stream in front of Parliament’s resumption, Gabby Otchere-Darko, who has previously, communicated his disdain for the private individuals’ bill, has shared his contemplations in regards to the numbers contention.

In a tweet on Saturday, the NPP troublemaker said, “assuming governmental issues is about populism and prominence, I have phenomenal news for the NDC: they have tracked down their next official competitor and he is the MP for Ningo Prampram Sam George.”

 

Portions of the bill proposed that “a person who, by use of media, technological platform, technological account or any other means, produces, procures, markets, broadcasts, disseminates, publishes or distributes a material for purposes of promoting an activity prohibited under the Bill, or a person uses an electronic device, the Internet service, a film, or any other device capable of electronic storage or transmission to produce, procure, market, broadcast, disseminate, publishes or distribute a material for purposes of promoting an activity prohibited under the Bill commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a term of imprisonment of not less than five years and not more than ten years.”

Proponents say they have the overwhelming support of Ghanaians, one of the reasons why they are pushing that it be passed expeditiously.

However, the legislation faces stiff opposition as the Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs receives over 120 memos geared towards shaping the bill.

While these memoranda trickle in ahead of Parliament’s resumption, Gabby Otchere-Darko, who has in the past, expressed his resentment for the private members’ bill, has shared his thoughts regarding the numbers argument.

In a tweet on Saturday, the NPP firebrand said, “if politics is all about populism & popularity, then I have fantastic news for the NDC: they have found their next presidential candidate & he is the MP for Ningo Prampram Sam George.”

“Young, articulate, driven, bold, & extremely popular. The main sponsor of the anti-LBGTQI Bill,” he added.

Sam George had been on a media spree courting support for the bill garnering international attention amid mixed reactions locally.

However sarcastic as it seemed, Sam George did not take the assertion lightly.

According to the MP, he has no interest in running for flagbearership role of his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), adding that “…I completely focused on delivering my mandate to the people of Ningo-Prampram.”

“I wholeheartedly endorse the return of @JDMahama [John Mahama] to rescue our Country from the abysmal presidency of your cousin @NAkufoAddo [Nana Akufo-Addo],” he responded in reply to Mr Otchere-Darko’s Twitter post.

The draft document also seeks to criminalise organisations that advocate or promote the activity in the country.

Meanwhile, top clergy members and Islamic clerics have presented memos to the House’s Committee of Constitution and Legal Affairs in support of the bill.

The Church of Pentecost has declared its readiness to vote out any political party that stands against the bill’s passage.

Notwithstanding, a progression of memoranda, which go against the enactment, have likewise been introduced to the Committee.

The backers of the memoranda depict the bill as an underwriting of state-supported viciousness against minority gatherings and an encroachment on their basic liberties.

“Up until this point, our concern is the ramifications of how you need to manage something we can’t help contradicting. The Churches can’t help contradicting gay conduct; the mosque contradicts gay people that is fine; people in Ghana can’t help contradicting gay conduct, that is fine; it’s their privilege to contradict them, however how would we even arrangement with it?” Dean at the University of Ghana’s School of Communications said on Newsfile.

In an interview on JoyNews’ The Probe, Chairman of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Kwame Anyimadu Antwi, indicated that over 124 memorandahad been submitted to them for appropriate action to be taken.

 

 

 

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