Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo Prampram Constituency Samuel George Nartey says it is an affront to the sovereignty of Ghana for the US Embassy to be promoting the rights of homosexuals in this country.
According to Sam George, as the MP is popularly known, the US cannot do same in a country like Saudi Arabia, where the practice is abhorred.
It comes on the back of the hoisting of LGBTQI+ flag at the US Embassy in Accra, apparently in solidarity with the LGBTQI fraternity in Ghana.
During the 2021 Pride Month celebration in June, US Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan rallied support for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community in Ghana.
“We aim to increase the visibility of, and address the challenges faced by, the community as we stand against injustice toward not only women and girls and religious minorities but also toward members of the LGBTQI+ community,” she remarked.
She indicated that though the even was low-key, the US is solidly behind the community in Ghana.
“Just as senior officials raised the Progress Flag for the first time at the State Department last Friday, I’m happy to invite you all to watch as we hoist the Pride flag in honor of the people we celebrate this month and as a symbol of our continued commitment to the human rights, dignity, and inclusion of all LGBTQI+ people.”
But speaking on this on Metro TV on Tuesday night, the Ningo Prampram lawmaker, who is leading the sponsorship of Private Member’s Bill to criminalise the practice, charged the US Embassy to be minded by the Vienna Convention.
“The Vienna Convention on Diplomacy states that diplomats must be respectful of the local laws of their host country. If the host country criminalises, as it is today, homosexuality in our country, it is an affront to the sovereignty of this state hoisting an LGBTQ flag in our country.”
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP disclosed that the Embassy wants to scuttle their efforts as the bill is on course to passage..
“Because of the discussion on the passage of this bill, they are trying to make a grand-stand position. It is needless showmanship because the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia has not hoisted a flag.
“And I will demand or expect the [Jubilee] House to instruct the Foreign Minister to summon the US Ambassador.”