13 February 2013

Ghana: Mahama, Andrew Solomon and the Gay Brouhaha!

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We are being told that for eight solid years, Mr. Dramani Mahama has had some form of association with Mr. Andrew Solomon, an American journalist and author, who is married to a man.

We are also being told that as Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana, Mr. Mahama attended a 'fantastic' dinner held in his honour at the residence of the gay couple at Manhattan in New York.

It started with the appointment of Nana Oye Lithur, a human rights campaigner with soft views on gay and lesbian rights as Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection. On the appointment of the new minister, many tongues wagged.

At her vetting, it was obvious that some members of the Appointment Committee of Parliament were uncomfortable with the choice of Nana Oye to lead the ministry. The notion out there was that the Social Protection responsibility could make it easier for the human rights campaigner to seek protection for gays and lesbians in a society that abhors the practice bordering on 'unnatural canal knowledge.'

When members of the PAC appeared ready to jettison the President's choice, both Government and party whips appeared to have been applied to make members tow the official line. Nana Oye was approved and has since been sworn in as Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection.

Yesterday, newspapers in Ghana were awash with information on the relationship between the Executive President of the Republic of Ghana and Andrew Solomon, a man married to another man - John Hubick. It is the residence of the couple, who have an adopted son, that the then Vice-President of Ghana was treated to that 'fantastic' dinner.

The Chronicle is worried stiff about this unholy relationship that has developed between the President of the Republic of Ghana and Andrew Solomon, who is campaigning all over the world for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights.

In his article in the New York Times, quoted extensively in the local media yesterday, Mr. Andrew Solomon is understood to be urging the President of Ghana to play a leading role in the promotion of gay and lesbian rights. "I hope that President Mahama will seize this opportunity to take a leadership role in L.G.B.T. (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) rights.

As The Chronicle stated in its lead story yesterday, President John Dramani Mahama is caught in gay and lesbian web. The notion out there is that the President is gradually preparing the ground to make Ghanaians soften their stance on homo sexuals.

Many are of the opinion that the creation of the Social Protection Desk under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is to pave the way for the state of Ghana, to throw its protective arm around homo sexuals and make the practice of gay and lesbianism an accepted practice in Ghana.

It is instructive to note that during the Kufuor regime, a conference on gay and lesbian rights scheduled to take place in Accra, was cancelled at the instance of the President at the time.

When the late John Evans Atta Mills was confronted by Britain, the former colonial power issuing threats to cow down the country to protect the practice of homo sexuals for aid, the former university don called off the bluff of Almighty Britain.

Prof. Mills told the whole world that so long as he remained head of state of this Republic, homo sexuals were not welcome in Ghana.

Ghanaians expect Mr. John Dramani Mahama to stand up and be counted on his stance for or against the practice of homo sexualism in Ghana.

Before then, The Chronicle is inviting the President of Ghana to call a media conference and come clean on the Andrew Solomon affair. In the interim, the ordinary man on the street, would want to understand what informed the concept of Social Protection under the expanded Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Ghanaians expect answers!

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