Lawyer says officials in Ghana should cure or jail homosexuals
Meet Moses Foh-Amoaning – a lecturer at the Ghana School of Law and spokesperson for the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values – who believes homosexuals are mentally ill and should be dealt with by the state, assisted by religious leaders.
According to this report Foh-Amoaning said his outfit would soon present a draft bill to Parliament to deal with the problem of homosexuality in Ghana.
The bill titled a “Comprehensive Solution Based Legislative Framework for Dealing with the Lesbianism Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Phenomenon”, will be presented to Parliament by the end of September 2018.
The bill would effectively provide “solutions” on how to best to “cure” homosexuals or deal with them through the courts if they resist therapy.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra, Amoaning said the bill would be based on knowledge, scientific and empirical research and not just opinions. In that respect it would differ from the false propaganda spread by LGBT rights activists.
The bill will be a researched Afrocentric response to Western European and LGBT groups, who were pushing this act onto African countries.
According to the bill, homosexuals would be grouped into two categories, and the way homosexual behaviours dealt with would depend into which category such individuals fell.
Some become homosexual because of peer pressure, economic reasons, then, the medically affected ones like hormonal imbalance, such people need help, so we would provide such help for them through the Ghana Health Service, by setting up a comprehensive unit that has a psychiatric, psychologist, medical personnel, surgical team, guidance and counsellors then gospel ministers to help them.
But for those who think it is a lifestyle and they want others to get involved, the law will deal with them because we will clearly define what homosexuality is, what LGBT entails, and if they are caught, they will be prosecuted.
Foh-Amoaning said the bill would provide the help needed to “reform” homosexuality. He suggested that those who resisted “reform” would be prosecuted and jailed, but:
Even in prison, we will provide guidance and counselling for them.
He said the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, formed on December 18, 2013, would start the build-up to the release of the bill with a prayer vigil in June then move on to all regions for its regional homosexuality interventions campaign, before finishing in September for a stakeholders conference.
The Coalition is made up of all three major religious bodies in Ghana, represented by the Christian Council of Ghana, the Ghana Muslim Council and Amadhiya community, and traditional rulers.
Last year Foh-Amoaning was reported as saying that homosexuality was purely a psychiatric problem and persons suffering from such a condition must be helped instead of being granted a right to engage in homosexual practices.
He complained that “a psychiatric problem” was being turned into “to a human rights issue.”
A debate over the country giving recognition to same-sex marriage was stoked after the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, in an interview with international news network Aljazeera, said the country’s culture and tradition, for now, do not allow the legalisation of homosexuality but was quick to add that if public opinion changes, the law may just be amended.
But Foh-Amoaning believes some gay rights advocates are heavily crafting an agenda to fuel the debate.
We have information about the gay community pumping money to journalists to do the propaganda. So there is a lot of money; there is a lot of strategies they have put behind this and that’s why they are putting pressure on our presidents and our leaders.
Hat tip: Leo Igwe