Anti-LGBTQ Bill: I’m disappointed in President Akufo-Addo – Della Sowah

Anti-LGBTQ Bill: I’m disappointed in President Akufo-Addo – Della Sowah

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Kpando, Della Sowah has expressed her disappointment in President Akufo-Addo over his letter to Parliament.

The office of the President has officially requested Parliament to refrain from transmitting Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values affectionately referred to as the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill to President Akufo-Addo for his assent.

The Executive Secretary, Nana Asante Bediatuo has written to Parliament on Monday, March 18, requesting that in light of two pending applications for an order of interlocutory injunction currently before the Supreme Court, the bill should not be transmitted to the President.

According to the letter, it would be inappropriate for Parliament to transmit the bill to the President to append his signature when the Supreme Court had not decided on the matter pending before it.

Responding to this, Della Sowah told that the action of President Akufo-Addo is shocking and a mockery of Ghana’s sovereignty.

According to her, this action by the President is a betrayal of the will of the people of Ghana.

Della Sowah wondered why the President would hide behind a pending interlocutory Injunction application at the Supreme Court to write such a letter to Parliament.

“This letter from the presidency shows a lack of respect for the Separation of Powers as enshrined in our laws,” she said.

Against this backdrop, she said the decision of the Speaker of Parliament not to approve President Akufo-Addo’s ministers as a result of a similar application at the Supreme Court was the way to go.

“I support the decision of the Speaker. The President can not show Parliament and Ghanaians such disrespect and have his way,” she said.

The Speaker of Parliament yesterday told the President that the House can not approve his ministers until the determination of a pending application at the Supreme Court.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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