Dear all, Educate Africa Institute (EAI) is reacting to upholding constitutional principles: why President Nana Addo cannot halt parliament from enacting anti-gay laws.

The intersection of politics, human rights, and societal values often leads to contentious debates and discussions, as seen in the ongoing discourse surrounding LGBTQ+ rights in Ghana. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the leader of the nation, has faced pressure from the finance ministry and some individuals to prevent Parliament from passing anti-gay legislation. However, it is crucial to examine the legal and constitutional constraints that prevent the President from unilaterally halting Parliament’s legislative process on this matter.

The Office of the President in a letter dated March 18, 2024, requested Parliament to refrain from sending the anti-gay bill to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his assent. The decision, according to Nana Bediatuo Asante, the Secretary to the President, stemmed from the acknowledgment of two pending applications for an order of interlocutory injunction before the Supreme Court.

In the statement signed by Nana Bediatuo, on the said date, the office disclosed that the Attorney-General had informed the President via a letter dated March 18, 2024, that he had been duly served with both applications.

Honesty, the President’s Secretary lacks the authority to issue such directives, as Parliament operates independently.

This action shows disrespect towards Parliament and its Clerk, undermining the principles of good governance.

Ghana’s governance structure is built on the principles of separation of powers, with distinct roles assigned to the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government. Parliament, as the legislative arm, is responsible for enacting laws that reflect the will of the people and protect their interests. The President, as the head of the Executive branch, is tasked with implementing and enforcing these laws.

While the President wields significant influence and can shape the legislative agenda through proposals and advocacy, he does not possess the authority to directly intervene in Parliament’s lawmaking process. The independence of Parliament is a cornerstone of democracy, ensuring that decisions are made transparently and accountably, free from undue interference.

Moreover, Ghana’s Constitution guarantees the separation of powers and upholds the rule of law, including the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms for all citizens. Any attempt by the President to obstruct Parliament from passing legislation, including anti-gay laws, could be seen as a violation of these constitutional principles.

Yes, it is important to acknowledge that the rights of individuals, including those in the LGBTQ+ community, are protected under Ghana’s Constitution. Discriminatory legislation targeting individuals based on their sexual orientation would not only contravene the Constitution but also undermine the country’s commitment to upholding human rights and equality for all. But the LGBTQ+ community has no room to live in Ghana it is contrary to the culture, values, Norris, and identity of Ghana. No way!!

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as the leader of the nation, is duty-bound to uphold the Constitution and ensure that the rule of law prevails. While he may hold personal beliefs or opinions on the matter, he is bound by legal constraints and democratic norms that guide the functioning of Ghana’s government.

Per my educational background as an educationist, political analyst, and social worker, LGBTQ+ is not part of African values and I will always stand against it but my personal beliefs cannot be imposed on every Ghanaian. Therefore, it’s the responsibility of the Parliament of Ghana which represents us all to enact laws to address the choices of the people.

In conclusion,
The Presidency does not have the authority to issue directives to Parliament. The reason why President Nana Addo cannot unilaterally halt Parliament from enacting anti-gay laws lies in the fundamental principles of constitutional governance, separation of powers, and the protection of human rights enshrined in Ghana’s legal framework. All stakeholders must engage in respectful dialogue and debate on contentious issues while upholding the rule of law and safeguarding the rights of all individuals in the country.

I am a concerned citizen of Ghana. Africa is born in me.

Signed

William Boadi
Executive Director of EAI, Educationist, Political analyst, and Social Worker.
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