President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that homosexuality is illegal in Ghana because there are not enough activists pushing for its legalization but as time goes on, its legalization is bound to happen.
Mr. Akufo-Addo was speaking with Aljazeera’s Jane Dutton on Sunday. He said a sufficiently strong coalition is bound to emerge in the future that will eventually push for a change in the law.
Currently, under Ghanaian criminal law (Chapter 6 of the Criminal Code, 1960, as amended by The Criminal Code (Amendment) Act, 2003) same-sex sexual activity among males is illegal. It is uncertain whether same-sex sexual activity among females is illegal.
However, the Nana Akufo-Addo foresees a change in the law and says that just like elsewhere in the world, the activities of such individuals and groups will provoke a change in Ghana’s laws which frown on same-sex marriage.
He said: “I don’t believe that in Ghana so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say change it, let’s then have a new paradigm in Ghana.
When quizzed by the host as to whether he would support such a movement, Akufo-Addo responded: “I think that it is something that is bound to happen”.
Meanwhile, President Nana Akufo-Addo spoke about why his country is so different from its neighbours. In respect to Ghana today – at least on the surface – the country is enjoying political stability, with a multiethnic population coming together in peaceful democratic elections.
A situation he believes need a lot of work to be done and still remains a priority for the rest of the continent.
“We had our problems early,” Akufo-Addo tells Al Jazeera. “After the volatility of the first 30-odd years after independence, the people of Ghana … made up their mind that they wanted a democratic government.”
“The determination of the Ghanaian people to go through democratic principles and values has meant that election after election has been stronger in terms of its credibility and its transparency – and it has also meant that the willingness of the population to accept the results of our electorate council has heightened,” he says.
Elsewhere in the continent, democracy has been far less successful at taking root. In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to be sworn in for a second term on Tuesday, November 28 after the country’s supreme court rejected two petitions to nullify last month’s election results.
“It’s a pity that the current political situation has degenerated to the extent that the army is finding itself [required] to come directly into play,” Akufo-Addo says. “[That] can never be a long-term solution, obviously … I think at the end of the day, the determination to engage, democratic values will triumph in Zimbabwe.”
Still, the president of Ghana, Nana Akudo-Addo remains optimistic about Africa’s future.