I was not denied visa because of the anti-gay bill – Suhuyini

Member of Parliament for Tamale North Alhassan Suhuyini, has refuted claims running in the media that he has been refused an entry-visa by the Netherlands Embassy because of his association with the controversial promotion of proper human sexual rights and Ghanaian family values bill, 2021.

According to a rejoinder released on Friday, October 15, by the Tamale North MP to correct the erroneous perception in the media about his visa denial, it pointed out that the reasons for the denial has nothing to do with his association to the controversial bill as has been communicated to him by the said embassy.

Mr Suhuyini pointed out that the reason for the denial was as a result of a fault with the application processes which was handled by his Protocol Officer.

“I assumed at the time that the Protocol Officer, who at the time of processing my application was also dealing with other equally important domestic issues, may have faulted in the documents presented”, the rejoinder clarified.

“I therefore have since taken steps to appraise every document or information and have since appealed the Embassy’s decision. However, all the information I now have convince me that the Protocol Officer submitted all appropriate documents”, the rejoinder added.

The Tamale North lawmaker proffered three declarations as a reaction to his visa denial saying that “1. my status as Member of Parliament of Ghana with responsibility to an entire constituency which was known to them”.

“2. Valid travel visas to the UK and USA and my numerous previous travel records where I have never overstayed”.

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“3. Beautiful family and deny me an entry visa on the basis that; there were insufficient social or economic ties to my country to prompt my return after my intended visit, could only have been deliberately taken to provoke me and also undermine Ghanaian state officials and diplomats”.

He further charged that “after the determination of my appeal, I will make a formal complaint to our country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to deal with this gross disrespect”.

Mr Suhuyini ended by saying “how lame, if the penalty for supporting the PROMOTION OF PROPER HUMAN SEXUAL RIGHTS AND GHANAIAN FAMILY VALUES BILL, 2021 is the denial of an entry-visa into the Netherlands”.

By Barima Kwabena Yeboah|3news.com|Ghana