Ghana’s President John Evans Atta Mills has denied saying that his government will take action against gay and lesbian people.
The Ghana News Agency claimed last week that Mills recently “gave the assurance that government would institute measures to check the menace of homosexuality and lesbianism that were gradually gaining grounds within the social fabric of the country”.
He was also quoted as saying that homosexuality is foreign to the nation’s customs and conventions and that “The word of God is clear and unambiguous; what is right is right, what is wrong is wrong”.
According to a report by ghanaweb.com, after the story was published by the state-owned Ghanaian Times, President Mills personally telephoned the acting editor and told him “that he did not make those comments attributed to him by the newspaper”.
The Ghanaian Times retracted the story and apologised to President Mills in its Wednesday July 13 issue.
“The Mills administration is yet to make clear its official position on homosexuality despite the numerous calls on the government to come out with stringent laws to ban the menace,” said ghanaweb.com.
Sexual contact between men is illegal in Ghana, although the law is rarely enforced.