A member of the Ghanaian parliament and a sponsor of the Anti-Gay Bill, Samuel Nartey George, has criticised Vice President Kamala Harris of the United States for her comments on LGBTQ+ rights being a human rights issue.
George questioned her qualifications to speak on the matter, arguing that the US has its own human rights issues, particularly with gun violence.
The criticism comes after Harris made comments about the importance of supporting human rights, including those of the LGBTQ+ community, during her visit to Ghana.
The proposed Anti-Gay Bill seeks to criminalize some activities of homosexuals in Ghana and is currently before parliament.
However, President Nana Akufo-Addo has distanced himself from the bill, stating that it is still being reviewed by parliament and that its provisions are being fine-tuned.
George’s criticism of Harris has been met with mixed reactions, with some Ghanaians agreeing with his sentiments while others have criticized his comments.
The issue of LGBTQ+ rights remains a controversial one in Ghana and many other African countries, with homosexuality still illegal in several countries on the continent.
However, there has been a growing push for LGBTQ+ rights in recent years, with activists calling for greater acceptance and legal protections for the community.
The debate over the Anti-Gay Bill and Harris’ comments highlights the ongoing tension between traditional values and human rights in Ghana and other countries in Africa.