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    Anti-Gay bill has not been diluted – Defeamekpor

    South Dayi MP Nelson Defeamekpor has refuted claims made by President Akufo-Addo that significant portions of the Anti-LGBTQ bill have been modified.

    President Akufo-Addo during a joint press briefing with US Vice President, Kamala Harris at Jubilee House on Monday said some modifications had been done to significant portions of the bill by the Attorney-General.

    Adding that, the final outcome of the said modifications is yet to be determined.

    “My understanding with the recent discussion I had with the chairman of the committee is that substantial elements of the bill have already been modified,” he stated while responding to a question from a New York Times journalist.

    However, in responding to the claim, Mr Defeamekpor who is also a member of the committee stated that the President’s claims are unfounded.

    He said very few changes have been done to the bill and that the bill still maintains its essence.

    “Now another propaganda [that] has been put out is that the bill has been watered down, it’s been diluted, not at all. They should be rest assured the bill has not been diluted,” he said on JoyNews’ PM Express.

    According to him the only changes the Attorney General had suggested were the removal of ‘proper’ from the bill’s official name and the reduction of the number of years assigned to offences from five years to three years in line with already existing laws on a misdemeanour.

    Meanwhile, Akufo-Addo has assured the international community that Ghana’s parliament will consider the sensitivity of the human rights aspect in relation to the bill which international observers have described as draconian.

    “The legislation is a legislation that is being proposed as a Private Members Bill. This is not an official legislation of the government but it is one that is being mooted by a handful of private members,” President Akufo-Addo clarified.

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