Ghana is giving Uganda a run for their money for the title of ‘Worst Placeto be Gay.’ While the rounding up of all homosexuals in the country’s western parts hasn’t quite been listed as a genocide, it’s hard to ignore the parallels.
Ghana’s Western Region Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo MP, has ordered the immediate arrest of all homosexuals in the country’s west. Aidoo has tasked Ghana’s Bureau of National Investigations and security forces to round-up the country’s gay population and has called on landlords and tenants to inform on people they suspect of being homosexuals.
“All efforts are being made to get rid of these people in the society,” he said. The move by the Minister follows months of campaigning by the Christian Council of Ghana which last week called on Ghanaians not to vote for any politician who believes in the rights of homosexuals.
Muslims and Christians in the Western Region have been staging protests ever since a local media report claimed there were around 8000 homosexuals and lesbians in the district.
Aidoo minced no words at all in his dislike for the practice. He stated that “all efforts are being made to get rid of these people in the society.” The burning question is, what happens next here? In other words, once all of the country’s homosexuals are rounded up together, what does Ghana do with them?
Aidoo said once they are arrested they will be hauled before court to test the strength of the law which frowns upon homosexuality in the country, but a Lawyer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has challenged the legitimacy of the minister’s action.
Ernest Kofi Abotsie told Joy News that no person can be arrested for breach of morality. He faulted the minister for directing the police to embark on the arrest of homosexuals and pointed out there is need to test the law pertaining to having ‘unnatural canal knowledge’ of another person and pursuit should be as far as to the Supreme Court.