The Majority Leader of Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu says it is alien to parliamentary processes for Speaker, Alban Bagbin to commit Parliament to the passage of the anti-LGBTQI bill.
According to him, the Speaker of the House is not a Member of Parliament and hence cannot make such a commitment on behalf of Parliament.
The bill, dubbed the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values seeks to criminalise the activities of LGBTQI in the country.
Proponents of the bill are moving for those engaged in the acts to be given a jail term of up to five years should they be caught in the act.
Already some argue the bill has sharply divided the nation with Ghana’s two main religious groupings, Christians and Muslims backing the bill; while some including the academia have described it as homophobic in nature.
At a press briefing organized by the Majority Caucus in Parliament to address issues surrounding the bill, Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said, “the Speaker cannot commit parliament, the Speaker can make a referral to Parliament which will be programmed by the business committee for consideration.”
“I’ll find it difficult if we have a Speaker who as part of his own antecedent as a former member of parliament say that parliament is going to pass the bill. It’s a bit of difficulty unless I didn’t hear well.”
“I’m not saying parliament is not going to pass it, but the speaker should not make a predetermination for the house because he’s not a Member of Parliament and this is the business of Parliament,” the Suame MP added.
Parliament is currently receiving memoranda on the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill ahead of its resumption later in October.