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Ghana’s anti-LGBT+ bill seeks 10-year jail term for activists

– Advertisement – Ghana’s lawmakers are pushing for tougher laws to deal with LGBT+ persons and those who promote their activities with a new draft bill. The bill titled “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021″ is being sponsored by some individual lawmakers who are anit-LGBT+ activists. Details of the bill have now emerged with those behind the draft law seeking a jail term of up to ten years for culprits depending on the crime. According to details of the bill, anyone of the same…

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AfCFTA honours ex-Nigerien leader with a statue in Ghana

– – A bronze bust statue on a marble stone has been unveiled at a ceremony in Ghana’s capital, Accra to honour former president of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou. The statue was unveiled in the presence of five African heads of state at the forecourt of the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) based in Accra. Issoufou was honored for his role in getting the continental free trade deal finally activated after decades of delay and inaction. In a statement the AfCFTA secretariat and its partners said Issoufou…

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Ghana confirms outbreak of bird flu; bans poultry imports

– – Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture has announced an outbreak of Bird Flu in parts of the country. In a statement, the Ministry said cases of the flu have been detected in three regions including the capital, Accra. “The Ministry of Food and Agriculture through its Veterinary Services Directorate, has confirmed the outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza disease, otherwise known as Bird Flu in some parts of the country. These are the Greater Accra, Central and Volta Regions,” the statement said. The ministry added in the statement…

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Rights activists kick against Ghana’s anti-LGBT+ draft bill

– – Various human rights activists have expressed their displeasure at an attempt by Ghana’s lawmakers to pass a law that criminalizes activities of LGBTQ+ persons and those who advocate such rights in the country. Last month eight members of Ghana’s Parliament jointly submitted a private bill to push for the criminalization of LGBTQI+ activities. The bill, titled “Bill on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values”, was presented to Speaker, Alban Bagbin who is an anti-LGBT+ activist. The proponents of the bill want the promotion,…

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Ghana’s first lady rejects allowances; to refund $150k paid her

– – Ghana’s first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo has decided to refund all monies paid to her as allowances since 2017 by the state. It follows public outrage over the government’s decision to pay her a monthly salary based on recommendation made by a Presidential Committee on emoluments for public officeholders. News of Ghana’s previous parliament approving an arrangement for spouses of Ghana’s President and the Vice-president to receive monthly salaries sparked outrage among citizens last week. Ghana’s Minister of Information, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told local media that since 2001, there has been…

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Ghana: Salaries for presidential spouses spark outrage

– – News of Ghana’s previous parliament approving an arrangement for spouses of Ghana’s President and the Vice-president to receive monthly salaries has sparked outrage among citizens. Ghana’s Minister of Information, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told local media that since 2001, there has been a precedent where all surviving spouses of presidents and vice presidents received monthly allowances. Africa Feeds checks revealed that those allowances were paid from funds allocated yearly to the office of the president. The allowances given to the the first lady and second lady were considered…

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Ghana to pay $2.5 mln surgery fee to separate conjoined twins

– – The government of Ghana has taken up the full cost of surgery for the separation of conjoined twins delivered at one of the top health facilities in the country, the Greater Accra Regional Hospital. The Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare who made the disclosure paid a visit to twins and their parents. The parents and doctors at the facility had been appealing for funds to save the lives of the babies with the support of the media. “It is my pleasure to announce that the President has said that…

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Ghana’s president orders probe into death of protesters

– – Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo on Wednesday ordered a probe into the shooting of protesters on Tuesday in the town of Ejura in the Ashanti region by security forces. The protesters were agitating over the death of a social media activist, Ibrahim Mohammed who was attacked by a mob over the weekend. Mohammed, also known as “Macho Kaaka”, dies subsequently after the attack in response to his activism about the lack of development in his community. His activism is part of a spontaneous agitation from young Ghanaians who have…

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Protests erupt in Ghana after social media activist was beaten to death

– – There is anger in Ghana over the death of a social media activist who was beaten to pulp by unknown assailants. Kaaka Anyass Ibrahim, popularly known as Macho Kaka, died three days after he was attacked by a mob in Ejura in the Ashanti Region. His attack follows threats on his life and a warning from the police. The victim was said to be using his social media platforms to demand action from leaders in his community to address developmental challenges. His action was reportedly seen by some…

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The gift of queer and trans* Ghanaian activists

– – On June 23rd, 2021, Rightify Ghana called attention to an exchange of letters between Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Alban S. K. Bagbin and a certain Emmanuel Abankwah Kesse, who dubs himself a political activist. Dated May 28, 2021, Kesse’s letter to the Speaker of Parliament seeks to curtail efforts by various activist groups to ensure the release of 21 individuals wrongfully arrested for “unlawful assembly.” Kesse writes, “I think there is a need to amend section [sic] of our laws that makes these LGBTs think what they are…

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