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There was drama in Parliament on Wednesday, July 5, when the Ablekuma West Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Ursula Owusu Ekuful attempted to fiercely fight off a remark made about her by her colleague lawmaker. The visibly livid and emotional Communications Minister severally ignored Orders from the Speaker for calm and to resume her seat until she vented her spleen, to her satisfaction, on the Tamale Central MP much to the outrage of the other members and the general public.
The brawl follows a purported comment the Minister claimed to have heard out of a whisper from the Tamale Central MP, Hon. Murtala Muhammed. Certain that the alleged whisper was directed at her, an incensed Hon. Ursula Owusu went on ranting and raving with Hon. Murtala as her target. She claimed Mr. Murtala had labelled her as an “LGBTQ practitioner”. “Did you catch me having sexual intercourse with your wife or your daughter or your mother?”, she asked. “If I say he [Murtala Muhammed] is mad, it is only a mad man who will refer to his colleague in this House as a practitioner of LGBTQ when you haven’t seen me having sexual intercourse with your wife or your daughter or your mother”, she queried. Meanwhile, Mr. Murtala has denied ever calling her a practitioner of LGBTQ. Speaking Wednesday on Joy FM’s Top Story, the tough speaking lawmaker insisted “I never used the word practitioner. In fact, I don’t know the last time I used the word practitioner”.
On April 28, 2021, Hon. Ursula Owusu disclosed on an Accra-based radio station Star FM that she practiced lesbianism in her secondary school days to explore her sexuality and have fun. The revelation generated mixed reactions from Ghanaians with some condemning her for engaging in the act while others commended her for making the bold revelation.
Parliament on Wednesday unanimously consented to the passage of the LGBTQ+ bill, upon the recommendation from the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee. The bill, sponsored by eight (8) MPs is a Private Member’s Bill which was presented to the Speaker of Parliament on June 29,2021. After months of debates, inputs and ratifications from all relevant stakeholders and the MPs, the Promotion of Proper Family and Family Values Bill has been finally unanimously adopted by the legislative body. The bill criminalizes the promotion, funding, advocacy and all acts of homosexuality.