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Samira Bawumia’s convoy in a deadly accident kills one on the Accra-Kumasi route

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A commercial truck crashed with one of the cars in the Second Lady's convoy as they returned from Bonwire in the Ashanti region. Fortunately, according to sources, the Second Lady was not in the convoy. The reason of the incident is being investigated, however the 8 victims who received varied degrees of injury were brought to the hospital for treatment.

The convoy of the Second Lady, Samira Bawumia, was involved in a catastrophic traffic accident near Nobewam, off the Kumasi-Accra route, at Ohene-Nkwanta.

Fuseini, one of her bodyguards, killed on the spot while travelling in one of the convoy cars.

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A commercial truck crashed with one of the cars in the Second Lady’s convoy as they returned from Bonwire in the Ashanti region.

Fortunately, according to sources, the Second Lady was not in the convoy.

The reason for the incident is being investigated, however, the 8 victims who received varied degrees of injury were brought to the hospital for treatment.

The rescue team, led by STNO II Odjer Jonathan, arrived at the crash scene at 13:12 hours on Saturday to find a collision involving a Toyota Land Cruiser (GC-9094-21), Toyota Land Cruiser (VR-2105-15), Mercedes Benz C180 (NR-1977-18), and a Benz Sprinter (GE-7256-14), according to a statement from the Ghana National Fire Service. Four of the eight victims had already been rescued and transported to the hospital by members of the public.

The Mercedes Benz Sprinter and Benz C180 greatly damaged their engine compartments and windscreens, while the Toyota Land Cruiser (GC-9094-21) and Toyota Land Cruiser (VR- 2105-15) experienced moderate damage.

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CSO coalition threatens Supreme Court action over anti-LGBTQ+ legislation

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Anyone found guilty of identifying as LGBTQ+ faces up to three years in jail. It also mandates a possible five-year prison sentence for founding or financing LGBTQ+ organisations. MPs opposed efforts to replace jail terms with community service and therapy. Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, the Board Chair of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development CDD-Ghana, told JoyNews that the groups will make presentations to President Akufo-Addo, urging him not to sign the anti-LGBTQ+ law. She expressed regret that, despite all of Ghana's prospects when the measure was offered, Parliament saw no compelling reason to rule that such a statute did not fit within the country's democratic system.

A coalition of 18 civil society organisations has vowed to file a Supreme Court petition if President Nana Akufo-Addo signs the Proper Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, 2021.

The organisation has lobbied against the anti-LGBTI+ law, claiming that it violates Ghana’s unique cultural and religious environment.

Parliament overwhelmingly enacted the anti-LGBTQ+ measure on February 28, following nearly three years of discussion. The measure intends to criminalise the LGBTQ+ community’s activities.

Anyone found guilty of identifying as LGBTQ+ faces up to three years in jail. It also mandates a possible five-year prison sentence for founding or financing LGBTQ+ organisations.

MPs opposed efforts to replace jail terms with community service and therapy.

Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, the Board Chair of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development CDD-Ghana, told JoyNews that the groups will make presentations to President Akufo-Addo, urging him not to sign the anti-LGBTQ+ law.

She expressed regret that, despite all of Ghana’s prospects when the measure was offered, Parliament saw no compelling reason to rule that such a statute did not fit within the country’s democratic system.

“This bill is awful. It’s similar to criminal libel, which the colonists instituted and we kept. And it was used inappropriately against people, including journalists. “We’ll discover that this is similar,” she remarked.
Prof. Gadzekpo believed that an administration with great judgment would take power and repeal the measure.

Commenting on the coalition’s future steps now that Parliament has passed the bill, Prof Gadzekpo stated that the organisation would continue to advocate and explain why the anti-LGBTQ+ bill is destructive to the country’s democracy and prosperity.

She was hopeful that President Akufo-Addo would hear their cause.

“So we will make representation to the president, not to assent to the bill. I personally believe that this bill’s proposal through enactment – even the argumentation has very little to do with wanting to safeguard Ghanaian family values because the present danger that endangers our family values were never addressed in this bill.

“This bill was just narrowly targeted at minorities because they know that a majority of people don’t agree with a sexuality that is not binary.

“But the fact that a majority of people don’t agree with a minority position doesn’t make the majority right. It’s such a fundamental principle of democracy. That is why there are so many provisions in democratic constitutions that protect minorities and minority views and rights, but unfortunately, it fell on deaf ears,” she stressed.

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Majority of MPs backed the passing of the anti-LGBTQI bill – Sam George

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Ghana's Parliament passed the anti-LGBTQI law after completing all three readings. The bill's third reading was place on Wednesday, February 28. "The third reading of the anti-LGBTQ bill has passed by parliament," TV3's Parliamentary journalist Komla Klutse stated. Prior to its adoption, a human rights coalition consisting of CDD Ghana, "the big 18," and others had urged President Akufo-Addo not to sign the measure in its current form.

One of the sponsors of the Promotion of Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, often known as the anti-LGBTQI bill, Ningo-Prampram Lawmaker Samuel Nartey George, has thanked his colleagues for their help in passing the legislation.

He informed media in Parliament after the law passed on Wednesday, February 28, that the sponsors had the overwhelming backing of the majority of MPs on both sides.

“We want to thank Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who was very instrumental in passing this bill,” he said in a statement.


“This measure has received overwhelming support from all sides of the House.

“After three long years, we have finally passed the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Act 2024. I am grateful to my Colleague sponsors who have waged this battle with me to a successful end. Our collective gratitude goes to our Leadership and the Rt. Hon. Speaker for their guidance and leadership. Our values would be protected and defended so long as we have a voice. For God and Country.”

Ghana’s Parliament passed the anti-LGBTQI law after completing all three readings.


The bill’s third reading was placed on Wednesday, February 28.

“The third reading of the anti-LGBTQ bill has passed by parliament,” TV3’s Parliamentary journalist Komla Klutse stated.

Prior to its adoption, a human rights coalition consisting of CDD Ghana, “the big 18,” and others had urged President Akufo-Addo not to sign the measure in its current form.

At a news conference in Accra on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, Prof Audrey Gadzekpo, Board Chair of the CDD, stated that the Bill will violate many people’s fundamental human rights, particularly those of the media, as guaranteed in the 1992 Constitution.

Professor Gadzekpo stated, “We saw that attempts to alter the Bill to substitute community services for castration, made by the Member of Parliament for Effutu, Mr. Afenyo-Markin, were regretfully denied. Although the majority of the house rejected his proposals, resulting in their elimination, we admire his efforts to modernise our judicial system.

On Wednesday, February 21, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, the then-Deputy Majority Leader, withdrew his modifications to the anti-LGBTIQ+ law, which aims to impose a jail term, clearing the way for the measure to be considered for passing in the following days.


However, the coalition of civil society organisations and interest groups insisted that the Bill should be reconsidered.

“Ghana is a secular and multi-religious country with more than 50 ethnic groupings and diverse cultural customs and beliefs. Any attempt to impose a uniform cultural value system for Ghana destroys the exquisite cultural mix that distinguishes us as a nation.” Professor Gadzekpo proposed.

She said, “It is for this reason that the constitution abolishes all practices and laws detrimental to people’s health and well-being, even in the name of culture and tradition.”


The coalition argued that the Bill would limit journalists’ capacity to speak freely. In its present version, the Bill stipulates that “any person who uses the media to broadcast and slash or advocate on the LGBTQ+ topic faces a prison sentence of up to three years.”

According to the organisation, “this places a heavy restriction on journalists, bloggers, influencers and various social media users who produce or publish content, especially those who work in the field of human rights.”


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Audrey Gadzekpo argues that an anti-gay bill is harmful to society

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In a conversation with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Citi FM's Eyewitness News, Prof Gadzekpo emphasised the critical significance of protecting rights and freedoms in a constitutional democracy. When asked if she thought the law was unwholesome, she responded, "Absolutely and without any doubt in my opinion," adding, "I don't even think they had a quorum. I saw an empty room on TV."

Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, Board Chair of the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), described the Anti-Gay Bill as damaging to social well-being.

Ghana’s parliament approved the tough law on Wednesday, February 28, which calls for a potential five-year jail sentence for forming or sponsoring LGBTQ+ groups.

The measure has received support from both main political parties and now seeks President Nana Akufo-Addo’s assent to become law.

Individuals who engage in banned actions might face a jail term ranging from 6 months to 3 years, while sponsors and promoters could face a 3 to 5-year prison sentence.

In a conversation with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News, Prof Gadzekpo emphasised the critical significance of protecting rights and freedoms in a constitutional democracy.

When asked if she thought the law was unwholesome, she responded, “Absolutely and without any doubt in my opinion,” adding, “I don’t even think they had a quorum. I saw an empty room on TV.”

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