General News of Sunday, 3 December 2017
The Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Hon. Inusah Fuseini has stated that the president’s position on rights for homosexuals may incite groups to start agitating for legalization of the practice.
According to him the president’s posture puts him in situation that shows that he is tolerant of homosexuals.
The president in an interview expressed the optimism that Ghana may legalize homosexuality when there is a strong demand for its legalization.
Answering questions on the international news network Al Jazeera, President Akufo- Addo stated that homosexuality isn’t a big problem in Ghana yet when there is a strong demand for change that might happen.
“This is the socio-cultural issue if you like…I don’t believe that in Ghana, so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say: ‘Change it [the law], let’s then have a new paradigm in Ghana.”
Juxtaposing Ghana’s situation to that of the England the president stated that “I grew up in England; I went to school as a young boy in England and I grew up at a time in England when homosexuality was banned there, it was illegal and I lived in the period when British politicians thought it was anathema to think about changing the law and suddenly the activities of individuals, of groups, a certain awareness, a certain development grew and grew and grew stronger and it forced a change in law. I believe those are the same processes that will bring about changes in our situation.” He stated.
However speaking in an interview with Joy FM, the former Roads and Highway minister described the president’s response as proving to the international community the he is tolerant of the act.
“He spoke rightly as a lawyer, but wrongly as a politician, president Akufo-Addo proved to the international community that “he is tolerant of homosexuality.” He opined.