Work in Ghana’s parliament house is expected to resume on Tuesday, October 26 with the third meeting of the first session of the eighth parliament after recess.
A notice by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin to members of parliament said, “Pursuant to Standing Order 37 of the Parliament of Ghana, I, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament, hereby give notice that the Third Meeting of the First Session of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic shall commence on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at Ten O’Clock in the forenoon at Parliament House, Accra.”
Although no agenda has been mentioned, it is speculated that the anti-LGBTQI+ bill will be prominent among other issues to be discussed.
Currently, some 15 professionals in various fields including law and academia have submitted a memo to Parliament to kick against the anti-LGBTQI+ bill.
To them, the proponents of the bill have not provided any data or evidence to suggest that there is such a threat, beyond a resort to some dogmatic religious tenets and so-called Ghanaian family values, hence want the bill rejected.
The private members’ bill, which is in the pipeline is proposing a 10-year jail term for offenders, including promoters of any sexuality that falls within the LGBTQI+ spectrum other than between a man and a woman.