For remarks made on the legalisation of Homos3xual, Gay, Bis3xual, Transgender and Queer Inters3x Rights, Charles Owusu commended Adwoa Safo (LGBTQI).
During her vetting in Parliament, the appointed Minister for Gender, Children and Social Security, Sarah Adwoa Sarfo, said:
Mr. Chairman, the topic of LGBT is a problem that causes some debate when discussed, but what I want to suggest is that our laws are consistent on such practice. Yeah, that makes it illegal. Section 104 of the Criminal Code forbids one from possessing, with another person, unnatural carnal knowledge. So, it is non-negotiable on the question of its criminality. These activities are also frowned upon in the question of our societal acceptance and norms. So, these are two different clarifications on the matter for me, and that is what I strongly stand for.
Prior to this, US President Joe Biden threatened to blacklist LGBTQI-legalized countries.
When foreign governments seek to curtail the rights of LGBTQI+ persons or fail to impose legal safeguards in place, thus contributing to an environment of bigotry, agencies engaged abroad will consider appropriate responses, including the use of a full range of diplomatic and assistance instruments and, where appropriate, financial sanctions, visa restrictions and other actions.
“All human beings should be treated with respect and dignity and, no matter who they are or who they love, they should be able to live without fear.”
“The United States, speaking out and standing strong for our most cherished values, is at the forefront of this struggle.”
In response to this, Charles Owusu sent Joe Biden a clear warning.
Listen to him in the video below:
Appointments Committee Cannot Approve or Disapprove Any of Akufo Addo’s Nominee – Abdul Malik Kweku Baako
The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has opined that the Appointments Committee of Parliament cannot have the final say in the approval or disapproval of any of the ministerial nominees.
According to him, the Appointments Committee can only recommend to the plenary about which nominees to approve or disapprove and the final decision must be made “by consensus or majority decision by the plenary”.
Commenting on a Facebook post by US-based Ghanaian lawyer Stephen Kwaku Asare aka Kweku Azar, who suggested that the disapproval of Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah by the Appointments Committee, which Kweku Azar thinks the Majority of the plenary should reverse, Baako wrote: “but the Appointments Committee does not and cannot have a final say relative to the approval or disapproval process per the Standing Orders! It can only recommend approval by consensus or majority decision by the plenary.
Baako added: “My research findings (so far) show that it is/was on only one occasion that it “unanimously” recommended outright disapproval/rejection of a nominee to the plenary. Even then, some amendments had to be effected on the Committee’s report at the plenary. “De jure no. De facto yes” notwithstanding! Respectfully!!”
Kweku Baako Jnr. explained that he will be more comfortable with a recommendation from the Appointments Committee that appears negative because a negative recommendation to the House will “imply that the Committee’s report to the House is proposing that the nominees be either approved by consensus or majority decision (secret ballot)”.
“I am saying there’s nothing unprecedented or unusual about that [disapproval] factor; the present numerical circumstances of parliamentary representation notwithstanding. There have been instances of nominees who deserved to have been approved by consensus but were subjected to the option of majority decision at the plenary. And that didn’t take anything substantially away from them. Nothing devastating in my candid opinion!” Baako observed.
The Appointments Committee of Parliament has disapproved President Akufo-Addo’s candidates of ministers-nominee for Food and Agriculture, Information and Fisheries, namely Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, and Hawa Koomson, respectively, according to sources that cite Asaase Radio 99.5FM.
The report stated that the Minority side of the committee was not happy with Oppong Nkrumah, accusing him of instigating the Supreme Court judges to cite Dr Dominic Ayine for contempt in the ongoing election 2020 petition hearing.
On these rejections, Kweku Baako insists in his comment on Kweku Azar’s post: “I still don’t get your drift! Essentially and constitutionally, the Committee has no mandate (never had) to approve or disapprove any presidential nominee! NEVER! Some Committee recommendations have/had been disapproved by the plenary. These are part of the precedents and practices of the 4th Republican Parliament since 1993.
Baako further argued: “The point about ‘otherwise, there is no need for the Committee and the plenary should just vote directly on the candidates’ is unsupported by the dictates of the Constitution and the Standing Orders. It just doesn’t arise. And I don’t want to speculate on that scenario.
“It is not good not to come out of the Committee? Maybe. However, there may or could be many reasons why some nominees may “suffer” that deficit! I really do not put much premium on that factor, considering my estimation of the nature of the process..”
Muntaka Defends Oppong Nkrumah After Rejecting Him And Two Others
Muntaka Mohammed, the Minority Chief Whip, has promised that the National Democratic Congress caucus in parliament will keep their word and ensure that the composition of the eighth parliament is beneficial to the country.
The Minority MPs, he claims, will always act in the best interests of the country and ensure that parliament is not a rubber-stamp institution.
The Asawase MP praised Ghanaians for their support of the Appointments Committee in the vetting of ministerial nominees in an interview with Joy News.
He promised that the Minority MPs will not take the trust of Ghanaians for granted and will hold the government accountable.
“Thanks to the general public and our team, this time’s vetting has been more thorough. More information has come from the general public. They believe that this time, because of the nature of parliament, they will be able to hold people accountable, so the public has been more forthcoming with information.
“We hope that the government will become more accountable. One thing we always say is that we will not be careless. We will be responsible and act in the best interests of the country. He stated, “We will not be rash in our actions.”
Muntaka also confirmed reports that the committee’s thirteen NDC MPs voted against three of the nominees and put five others on hold.
Muntaka, who did not name the nominees, stated that the NDC MPs believe the nominees did not fit the roles based on their performance before the committee.
“We are unable to support their nomination, so they must go to the floor for a vote. Then there are those for whom more information is required. We will not have any issues if the further and better particulars are provided adequately; however, if the further and better particulars are insufficient, we may not be able to approve their nomination.”
‘Please Find A Way In Your Heart To Forgive Me’-Kennedy Agyapong Sends A Sad Message To Akufo-Addo
Prior to having a very personal relationship with Ghana’s President, Hon Kennedy Agyapong had always thought the President was a radical. He claims that during one of his visits to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-house Addo’s when he was an opposition leader, his opinion of him completely changed.
According to Kennedy, who stated this in an interview with GhanaCNN.com, the President asked what it will take to prevent witch hunts of former appointees, as has been the case in the past.
He said he was then suffering as a businessman because the NDC was not making life better for him, so he told Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that it was imperative that when the NPP comes they also stifle the growth of NDC businesses.
But the President outlined why it’s unnecessary.
Kennedy Agyapong stated that he is not surprised that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has become a very gentle leader since assuming power, much to the surprise of Ghanaians who expected him to be radical.
He stated that he will not be surprised if the country does not imprison any former government appointee but instead finds a way to make the individual pay the state.
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