Responding to the question “why is homosexuality still illegal in your country”, during an interview, Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said “legalizing homosexuality is not something his government is considering, but it is bound to happen.” However he said the social and cultural environment in the country does not give room for this to be done now.
President Nana Akufo-Addo was in an interview with Al Jazeera’s Jane Dutton on why his country is so different from its neighbours in political instability, disease, poverty, corruption, dictatorships, and a lack of human rights and democracy, – and how much work is left to be done in Ghana and in the rest of the continent.
“This is a social, cultural issue, I don’t believe that in Ghana so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say ‘change it, let’s now have a new paradigm in Ghana.’
“At the moment, I don’t feel, I don’t see that in Ghana there is that strong current of opinion that is saying this is something we need to deal with. It is not so far a matter that is on the agenda,” he added.
Although there are no specific laws against homosexuality in Ghana, the country frowns on all sexual acts it deems ‘unnatural’.
Homosexuals in Ghana do not express their sexuality in public, and their calls to law makers to amend the law to make provision for them have been ignored.
This is perhaps because majority of people in the country, who are mostly religious, still see this as an abomination.
In a response to what will make this happen and if he will support it, the president was of the view that, it will take the activities of individuals, groups and public opinion to make it happen.
He cited examples in other parts of the world where activities of these individuals or groups towards the legalization of homosexuality drove the change in laws, adding when the country gets there, a decision will be taken but for now there is no such support.
“I grew up in England at the time that homosexuality was banned there. It was illegal and I lived a period where British politicians thought it was an item not to even think about.
“But suddenly the activities of individuals and groups, a certain awareness, a certain development grew and grew stronger and it forced a change in law. I believe that those are the same processes that will bring about changes in our situation,” he added.
Some media sites have however misinterpreted the presidents words, laying emphasis on the but without understanding what he actually implied in the video, some even linked it to a his campaign for Free High School Education.
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