MP for Ablekuma West, Ursula Owusu Ekuful has lamented what she describes as an attempt by the Clergy to deny lawmakers their freedom of expression in the Anti-LGBTQ+ la debate.
Addressing a memo presented by the Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, the Minister for Communications noted with concern some aspects of the memo which she described as a veiled threat at lawmakers.
The Minister of Communications noted that aspects of the memo which was presented on behalf of the PCC by Apostle Ofori Kurago, called on parliamentarians to be mindful of the electorate when making contributions to the discussion.
This, according to her, amounts to ‘veiled threat’ which is directed at the lawmakers.
The Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West explained during the first public sitting of the committee to deliberate the memos submittedby the public that, just as with all other bills that eventually get passed by Parliament go through reviews, the anti-gay bill will also be subjected to the same treatment.
Ursula Owusu cautioned the clergy to be mindful of the fact that the Anti-LGBTQ+ law, once referred to the Constitutional and Legal Committee of Parliament, will not be the same.
“So, if you are telling us that that you support his bill as it is, that we should do our work, mindful of the people out there, then you are hampering us the free expression in the performance of our duties as members of Parliament.
“I will entreat you to rephrase that because it didn’t come across to us well. It is as if you are telling us to be mindful of what we are doing and that any changes might result in some attack or otherwise for us doing our works,” she said.