Anti-gay bill in its current form is problematic – Former NIB Boss

Former Managing Director of the National Investment Bank (NIB), Alfred Thompson has said the current anti-gay bill which is before parliament has defects.

Speaking on the Key Points on TV3/3FM Saturday October 30 with host Dzifa Bampoh, he saidI can’t throw my child out or I can’t go and report my child that my child is gay or my child is going this way. Some of them are psychological things that you can work on and let the child tow the line or come back into order.

“So, you don’t just quickly rush because you want to have some populist way of  sending some signal out that  we are working, we are on top of our job we know what we are about so we are going to.”

Asked whether he thinks this move to pass the bill has been politicized, he said “ I believe  it is being politicized now , they are trying to run it as a populist  type of thing that  it is NPP people who  are  in for Gay right  and like NDC people are  anti-gay type of thing. It is not helping the country  when you are bringing out things you look at it intis entirety. The bill in its entirety is problematic.”

The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill was laid in the House on Monday, August 2 and read for the first time.

Reading for the first time, a clerk in the legislative assembly stated that the Bill proscribes lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) and other related activities and propaganda or advocacy and promotion for same.

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It also came to light that it supports protection for children and persons who are victims or accused of homosexuality.

Second Deputy Speaker Andrew Asiamah Amoako referred the Bill to the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Committee for consideration.

“For the first time, it is referred to the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for consideration and report,” Mr Asiamah Amoako, who is also the MP for Fomena, directed.

The Chairman of the Pentecost Church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye has asked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to fight Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex (LGBTQI+) before he exits office.

He said although Mr Akufo-Addo has stated categorically that gayism and lesbianism will not be legalized under his watch, the President must begin to take measures to stop the gayism movement that has started in the country before he exits office.

“The church of Pentecost is 10.38 per cent of the Ghanaian population and we are against this LGBTQI+.

 “Our concern is not about today, it is about the future. Today when we let in this LGBTI what is going to happen is that we are going to accept same sex marriage which the president says it is never going to happen at his watch.

 “But if he allows LGBTQI to start, it is true that it is never going to happen at his watch but, by the time it gets to same sex marriage the president will not be the president of the nation. I agree with him but he should stop this, he should close the doors at where it matters and we are saying that he should close it now.

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“This movement is an insult to God the creature, you are just telling God that he didn’t think enough,” he told journalists on Wednesday October 6.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana