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Gay clause needed in US-Ghana military deal; deport homosexual soldiers – Spio-Garbrah preaches

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One-time Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, is urging the government of Ghana to protect the Ghanaian value, by putting the right measures in place to avoid abuse of the  defence agreement with the US to promote homosexuality.

Since the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) are widely acknowledged in the US, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah fears homosexuality, which Ghana’s value frowns on, could be exported into the country by the Americans who have legalised gay marriage even among soldiers.

Speaking on a wide-range of issues on 3FM’s Sunrise, in an interview on Thursday, Dr. Spio-Garbrah pushed for the insertion of a clause in the military cooperation agreement with the US that would protect the national interest against “gayism and lesbianism”.

Making reference to gay comments by President Akufo-Addo in 2017 and similar one by the US Embassy in Ghana, the former Minister of Education is concerned if those who signed the military agreement for Ghana had reasons to “worry” or had “Ghana’s interest”.

Read: Akufo-Addo fears homosexuality will rise in Ghana

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“If the United States chooses to send 200 homosexual military personnel to Ghana, and since in their country open homosexuality is supposedly acceptable, men kissing men, women kissing women in public, is that something you think Ghanaians would want to see in Ghana?”

Dr. Spio-Garbrah who is hoping to lead the opposition National Democratic Congress as its flagbearer into the 2020 general elections said  about 99 percent of Ghanaians abhor homosexuality.


“So if you have reason to believe that the other party who is entering into that negotiation with you has a different cultural practice from yours, and this agreement, rightly or wrongly, could be used as a conduit, for the wrong kind of personnel to come here, you can say that, well, you can admit US personnel except those who have this particular problem.

“Or if such people come in and practise what they believe in which we don’t believe in, then this is the cause of action that can be taken, including deportation.”

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He also criticised how the parliament of Ghana has been turned into a “rubber stamp” without a mind on its own to discern on policies before it, but only approving things at the behest of the executive. The military agreement was approved by a one-sided parliament on March 23.

Dr. Spio-Garbrah was strongly convinced that the agreement does not favour the country.

He said even first year law students would have amended and improved the agreement in its current state, which the opposition parties and civil society groups believe Ghana was shortchanged.

By Isaac Essel |

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