Ghana: Govt urged to reject donors ‘rotten wealth’ amid gay criticisms
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana has described as “illogical and unfortunate”, assertions made by the country’s attorney general on homosexual acts, while a government official has urged the country to reject donors “rotten wealth” if it promotes the practice.
Attorney General Martin Amidu said Tuesday that homosexual act between two consenting adults, according to Ghana’s laws, is not illegal so far as it is confined to the privacy of the partners’ bedroom.
He told journalists at a meet-the-press series that what two consenting adults do sexually in the privacy of their homes does not offend the laws unless it involves rape through unnatural carnal knowledge.
But, Reverend Emmanuel Martey, speaking to Citi News, said he was disappointed at the stance of the country’s chief lawyer on such a contentious issue.
He argued that the ill consequences of what gays do in their private bedrooms affect the rest of the world, citing the spread of HIV to buttress his point.
Meanwhile, the Policy Adviser at the Office of the President is urging a firm national stance against homosexuality, even at the expense of donor funds that compromise Ghanaian moral values.
Dr. Christine Amoako-Nuamah says there is increasing pressure from donor countries and institutions for Ghana to accept same sex relationships against God’s will.
According to Ghana’s Joy FM, she was speaking at the 48th Annual Session of the Ghana Baptist Convention at Ejura in the Ashanti Region.
She described as worrying recent newspaper publications about homosexuality, accompanied by pictures of gay couples.
Dr. Amoako-Nuamah stressed the church has no choice but to speak out loudly against homosexuality and should not be deterred by entities which would want it to shut up.
She charged the nation to resist threats from donor countries and agencies which seek to use such funds in various forms as tools to corrupt the Ghanaian society.
“America and Europe are failing, I dare say possibly this is part of the problem, and we do not want to go down that path, let them keep their resources, after all they lend it to us, it’s not free,” said Dr. Amoako-Nuamah, adding “If we speak out against it and they will not, and the so-called donors will not bring their resources, let them keep their rotten wealth.”Tweet