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Prof Takyiwaa Manuh denies allegations of being paid to oppose Anti-Gay Bill –

A heated exchange has erupted between notable figures regarding the motivations behind opposition to the controversial legislation following the passage of Ghana’s Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill.

A former Director of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, Emerita Professor Takyiwaa Manuh, has found herself at the center of this discourse following allegations made by Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Samuel Nartey George. 

Sam George claimed that Prof Manuh, along with other prominent individuals, has been financially compensated by LGBTQ+ groups to advocate against the anti-gay bill.

In response to these accusations, Prof Manuh firmly denied the allegations and accused the MP of resorting to insults due to the perceived inadequacy of the bill. She argued that the legislation is redundant given existing laws prohibiting “unnatural canal activities” and the abuse of children. Moreover, she expressed concerns that the bill could perpetuate discrimination and unwarranted attacks against the LGBT+ community.

Quoting the philosopher Socrates, Manuh asserted, “When the debate is lost, insult becomes the loser’s tool,” suggesting that George’s resort to personal attacks indicates a lack of substantive argument in favor of the bill.

Challenging George to provide evidence for his claims, Manuh emphasized her intention to uphold her reputation through legal recourse if necessary. She asserted her belief in the protection of the law, stating that the burden of proof lies with those making the allegations.

Meanwhile, in his interview on Adom FM, MP Samuel Nartey George reiterated his allegations against Manuh and other individuals, accusing them of being funded by pro-LGBTQ+ groups. He questioned the inconsistency in their opposition to the bill despite the existence of similar provisions in current laws.

The Promotion of Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, now awaiting presidential assent, seeks to criminalize and penalize LGBT activities and their advocacy in Ghana. If signed into law, individuals engaging in such activities could face jail terms, while promoters and sponsors could also be subject to legal consequences.

As the bill awaits presidential action, the nation remains divided, with proponents citing the preservation of traditional family values, while opponents raise concerns about human rights and the potential for discrimination.

The outcome of this contentious legislative debate now hinges on the decision of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, whose approval or rejection of the bill will determine its fate.

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