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Ghana : Scapegoating the LGBTI Community for Political Gain

After months of homophobic reporting in Ghana's media, political parties are beginning to scapegoat the LGBTI community to score political points. John Kumah, a youth activist of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of Ghana, was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly calling President Mills gay on a radio show. He alleged that President Mills was having a relationship with Ato Ahwoi, one of his advisers. While the President has no desire to pursue the case, Ato Ahwoi plans to sue both the media houses and Kumah for the allegations.

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2nd August 2011 12:16

Alessia Valenza

The Board Chairman of the Ghana National Petroleum Authority (GNPC), Ato Ahwoi, says he would take legal action against New Patriotic Party activist, John Kumah who alleged that President Mills is gay and engages in the act with him (Ato Ahowi).

He has also indicated his intention to sue all media houses that aired the story relating to the allegation and the subsequent arrest of John Kumah.

In an interview with Citi News, Mr. Ahwoi who expressed discontent about the allegation and subsequent publications in various media outlets says he has asked his lawyer to file a suit for 10million Ghana cedis.

“I have told my lawyers to file a suit of 10 million cedis against that Kumah boy”

NPP activist, John Kumah was arrested on Wednesday July 27, for making unsubstantiated allegations that President Mills is gay in apparent response to a similar allegation by another NDC activist who accused MP for Okaikoi South, Nana Akomea and NPP flagbearer Nana Addo Dankwa of being homosexuals.

He was arrested at Accra based Hot FM when he was about to enter another political discussion program.

Meanwhile, President Mills has once again spoken out against the politics of insults which according to him is destroying the moral fibre of society.

President Mills said such verbal violence which is more often than not negative and false must be condemned by all.

President Mills ordered the release of John Kumah.

Zambia’s ruling Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) has scapegoated the LGBTI community in the media for over six months to harm the Patriotic Front (PF) in elections. PF leader Michael Sata allegedly told the Danish media that homosexuality is recognised in Zambian law. According to PF spokesperson Guy Scott, the deluge of articles using Christianity to condemn Sata for his remarks have hurt the party.