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Residents of Ashaiman are contemplating petitioning the Speaker of Parliament over the delay in adopting the Defence and Interior Committee report on the military brutalities in Ashaiman.

The report, which is yet to be adopted by Parliament, found the military guilty of brutalizing some residents of Ashaiman in March 2023 after the death of a soldier and recommended that the soldiers involved be dealt with in accordance with the law.

The report also recommended that the victims of the incident be adequately compensated.

Speaking to our source, the Member of Parliament for Ashaiman, Ernest Norgbey, says the residents are demanding immediate implementation of the committee’s recommendations.

“The people of Ashaiman are contemplating petitioning the Speaker because it is long overdue for the report to be taken and the recommendations of the committee to be adhered to. So, the stakeholders of Ashaiman are contemplating presenting a petition to the Speaker for the report to be taken to the floor of the House.”

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Meanwhile, Parliament has approved a custodial sentence of a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years for the willful promotion, sponsorship, or support of LGBTQ+ activities.

Persons caught in the act would also be subjected to a minimum sentence of 6 months and a maximum sentence of 3 years.

During parliamentary proceedings on the clause-by-clause amendment of the bill on the promotion of proper human sexual rights and Ghanaian family values, the MP for Ningo Prampram, Sam Nartey George explained, “What created the confusion was the establishment of an advocacy of the promotion of the activities, that is what Ghanaians are against. Nobody is interested in what you do in your bedroom. And so the punishment for one caught in the act yesterday February 7, is to be a minimum of 6 months, maximum of 3 years.

However, for anyone acting in a willful promotion, sponsorship or support of the agenda, the punitive measure for that is minimum 3 years, maximum 5 years.”

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