Trade and Industry Minister, Hannah Tetteh
Ghana’s Trade and Industry Minister, Ms Hannah Tetteh, has expressed her anger at comments made by British Prime Minister, David Cameron, on his threat to cut aid to anti-gay nations.
Cameron has threatened to cut off aid to anti-gay African countries like Ghana if they fail to amend their laws to allow for gay and lesbian relationships.
However, Tetteh insists same sex relationships are unacceptable in African cultural set-ups and no amount of threats would make Ghana kowtow to UK’s threat.
Interacting with a section of the media in Accra on Tuesday, Ms Tetteh stated that the western world has no right to force its cultural and moral orientations on Ghana and that the government will make its stance clear at the appropriate time.
“Every society has its norms and what it considers to be acceptable," she said. "In the Western world it is acceptable to have gay relationships and even move on to the next level to gay marriages, in our society it is unacceptable.”
She added that, “one of the things that states have the right to do is to manage its own affairs and so inasmuch as we would not tell any of the European countries how to manage their affairs, I don’t think it is appropriate for them to tell us how we should deal with these issues that are a matter of our own perception of what is morally right or wrong.
“It is a matter that would come up for further discussion and I am quite sure that when we put our views across it would be clear that for some societies in some countries this is not a step that we are ready to take.”