July 11, 2011, Melanie Nathan,
Western Region Minister Paul Evans Aidoo, of Ghana, has ordered the immediate arrest of all homosexuals in the region. “He has tasked the Bureau of National Investigations and all security agencies to smoke out persons suspected to be engaging in same sex.” (MyJoyOnline)
He also enlisted the services of landlords and tenants to provide reliable information which will lead to the arrest of homosexuals. His directive follows months of campaigns against the practice of homosexuality in the country.
Only yesterday, the Christian Council of Ghana capped months of protestations against the practice of homosexuality with a strongly worded message against the practice and courting Ghanaians not to vote for any politician who believes in the rights of homosexuals.
A recent media report claimed the Western and Central Regions together have a total of about 8,000 homosexuals and lesbians. That report sparked a series of religious demonstrations with the Moslem and Christian communities in the region hitting the streets to protest what they claim is an ungodly and demonic act.
In an interview with Joy News’ Seth Kwame Boateng, Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo condemned the practice but also contested the figure being bandied about in the media.
Mr. Paul Aidoo minced no words at all in his dislike for the practice. He stated that “all efforts are being made to get rid of these people in the society.”
Aidoo is a member of the National Democratic Congress and won the Sefwi-Wiawso seat in the Ghanaian parliamentary election in 2004. He retained his seat in the 2008 election.In 2009, he was appointed Western Regional Minister by the President of Ghana, John Atta Mills.
According to the U.S. State Department’s website, the U.S. and the African nation of Ghana are ‘close’ and ‘strong’ allies. Additionally, the U.S. provides Ghana with over $100 million annually in aid and assistance, while many major U.S.-based corporations conduct millions of dollars worth of business there.
In an abhorrent move, Ghana’s Western Region Minister Paul Evans Aidoo called for the immediate arrest of all persons ‘suspected of homosexual activity’ in the region, ordering law enforcement agencies and even landlords to turn people in and make the arrests.
This is more than discrimination; it is pure hatred and violence, and threatens the citizens of Ghana, and international tourists and business people visiting the African country. The United States should not stand for this from anyone, let alone one of our trusted allies.