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UK Parliament invites MPs in Ghana for a meeting over anti-gay bill as well as other Human Right bills

UK Parliament has invited members of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Ghana’s Parliament to a meeting over the anti-gay bill, Chair of the Committee, Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, has revealed.

He also stated that they will debate matters concerning the death penalty.

In an exclusive interview with TV3, he said that the MPs will fly out of Kotoka International Airport (KIA) on Sunday, June 12 and arrive for the conference on Monday, June 13.

“One is Ghana’s death punishment. You’ll see that if you’re guilty of murder, you must be hanged, although to the best of my knowledge, no president has ever signed a document authorizing someone to be hanged. Even if they are sentenced to jail and then go to denounce prison, the prison remains. Now, there is a case to be made, and it is being made by one of our Members of Parliament, Honourable Francis Sosu, MP for Madina, that we should remove this from our statute books.

“It’s one of the issues we’ll have to deal with.” We must meet with Ghana Mission, among other things, and then tackle the LGBTQ issue. I’m really intrigued in that because we have a law in our static books from our colonial overlords that states that unnatural canal knowledge is a crime, yet they happen to pass the LGBTQ, and they are against it. We’re trying to have a measure passed that goes against the. What route did they use to get there.  I will be interested to know.

“The Speaker received the invitation and referred it to the Committee. This critical meeting will be attended by four members of the committee, including myself and the ranking member. We leave on Sunday; we were scheduled to go today, but due to airline arrangements, we’ll leave on Sunday, so we’ll walk into the conference on Monday morning and be done by Wednesday,” he remarked on Saturday, June 11.

The contentious measure has polarized Ghanaian opinion.

While some, notably religious and traditional groups, are in favor of the bill and optimistic that it will succeed, others fear that it will enrage the world community.

Samuel Nartey George, a congressman from Ningo Prampram, and several of his colleagues are pushing for the measure.

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