The Ghanaian Western Region Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo has ordered the immediate arrest of all homosexuals in that part of the West African country. The task has been given to the Bureau of National Investigations and all security agencies to arrest all persons suspected to be engaging in same sex practices. Landlords and tenants were also urged to provide reliable information about any likely suspect.
Anyone arrested will be taken to court to test the strength of the law which frowns upon homosexuality in that country.
The Christian Council of Ghana had been protesting for months against the practice with a strongly worded message urging Ghanaians not to vote for any politician who believes in the rights of homosexuals. Muslim communities have also joined in the protest saying the act is ungodly and demonic.
But Ernest Kofi Abotsie, a Lawyer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has challenged the legitimacy of the minister’s action. Abotsie said no person can be arrested for breach of morality, explaining that the law on “unnatural canal knowledge” in the criminal code is still ambiguous and cannot necessarily be translated as homosexuality.
Abotsie condemned the minister for ordering the police to arrest homosexuals. He also pointed out that there is need to test the law pertaining to having unnatural canal knowledge of another person and pursuit should be as far as to the Supreme Court.