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Parliament dragged to Supreme Court over Anti-LGBTQ+ bill

Parliament dragged to Supreme Court over Anti-LGBTQ+ bill

Ghana News, Lifestyle & Social
A journalist, Richard Dela Sky has filed a lawsuit against Parliament at the Supreme Court regarding the passage of the Anti-LGBTQ+ bill. The controversial bill was unanimously passed by legislators on February 28, 2024, after years of deliberation. Pressure is intensifying on President Akufo-Addo from Members of Parliament to sign the bill into law. However, the President has already indicated that he will refrain from giving his assent until the court makes a pronouncement on the case. The bill proposes a three-to-five-year jail term for individuals who promote or sponsor LGBTQ activities, while those caught in the act are to be sentenced to a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 3 years. The reliefs sought by the journalist include an order restraining President Akuf...
Parliament unanimously passes Anti-LGBTQ+ bill

Parliament unanimously passes Anti-LGBTQ+ bill

Ghana News, Lifestyle & Social
After nearly three years of deliberation, Parliament has finally passed the highly contentious Anti-LGBTQ+ bill. The bill, introduced in the House years ago, was approved unanimously on Wednesday, February 28, following the completion of the third reading. Proposed amendments to the bill were rejected by the Speaker, Alban Bagbin, during the session. The bill is now slated to be forwarded to President Akufo-Addo for his assent. The Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, withdrew several proposed amendments to the bill on February 21. However, during Wednesday's parliamentary session, Afenyo-Markin reiterated his stance on the bill, expressing opposition to certain provisions. He argued against measures that could prevent individuals or groups from providing support to vu...

Mahama Ayariga petitions Parliament to probe delayed funds disbursement to aggrieved Gold Coast Fund customers

Ghana News
The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga has petitioned Parliament to address the prolonged delay by the government in releasing funds to an estimated 61,000 customers of Blackshield Capital Limited, formerly known as Gold Coast Fund Management (GCFM). Mr Ayariga presented the petition on behalf of Charles Nyame (convenor), Bernard Agyekum, Nathaniel Mensah, David Opoku, and Rosemond Mensah Grunitzky, who are members of the "Aggrieved Customers of Defunct Gold Coast Fund Management" organisation. The petition urges Parliament to investigate the reasons for the government's failure to disburse funds to the customers of the defunct Gold Coast Fund Management. Additionally, the petition calls on Parliament to compel the government to fulfil its commitment to pa...
Ofori-Atta to present 2024 budget today

Ofori-Atta to present 2024 budget today

Ghana News, Headlines Today
Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta is set to present the government's 2024 Budget Statement and Economic Policy in Parliament. This presentation aims to outline strategies for revenue generation and policies to address current economic challenges. Speaker Alban Bagbin emphasised the need for a consultative and consensus-building approach during the budget scrutiny process. Read also: Finance Minister to present 2024 budget on Wednesday "As our oversight responsibility requires, we will have to scrutinise the budget to ensure that it serves the needs of all Ghanaians," he said in his welcome remarks on Tuesday, October 31.https://cdn.vuukle.com/widgets/quiz.html?version=1.12.0Advertisementabout:blank Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta Ahead of the presentation, MP Alhass...
Parliament passes law to criminalise accusations of witchcraft, practice of witchfinders and witch doctors

Parliament passes law to criminalise accusations of witchcraft, practice of witchfinders and witch doctors

Africa News, Ghana News, Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle & Social
Parliament has passed a law criminalising the declaration, accusation, naming or labelling of another person as a witch in Ghana. The amendment which was approved on Thursday, also prohibits any person from practicing as a witch doctor or witchfinder.  Speaking in Parliament, Speaker Alban Bagbin who announced that the Criminal Offences Amendment Bill 2022 had been read for the third time and passed, explained that it had amended the Criminal Offences Act 1960, Act 29, “to prohibit the practice by any person as a witch doctor or a witchfinder, to proscribe the declaration, accusation, naming or labelling of another person as a witch and for related matters.” Speaking to JoyNews’ Kwaku Asante, one of the sponsors of the bill, MP for Wa East, Dr. Godfred Seidu Jassaw...
Parliament will pass Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill before 2024 election – Bagbin

Parliament will pass Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill before 2024 election – Bagbin

Ghana News
Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has given the clearest indication that the House will pass the controversial Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill before the 2024 election. Mr. Alban Bagbin gave the assurance in a media engagement on Friday, October 28, 2022. “Sexual Rights and Human Values bill that is being handled by the Committee, definitely we will pass it before the next election, we will pass it,” he said. The Speaker had already asked the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee working on the Bill to expedite work in presenting its report to the house for debate. The bill seeks to criminalise Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) activities in the country. In August 2021, eight parliamenta...

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