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General News of Thursday, 3 November 2011

Source: citifmonline

NPP: Mills deserves 'no praise' for anti-gay stance

An executive member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said there is no need to commend Ghana's President, John Mills, for telling the UK in the face that Ghana will not legalise homosexuality.

The General Secretary of the NPP, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, said President Mills' comment was just a face saving tactics since he was required to respond to Prime Minister David Cameron anyway.

Sir John, as he is affectionately called, told Citi News on Thursday that the president just re-echoed the popular stance of Ghanaians and should have made his comments earlier.

“This is a government that lacks direction," the NPP scribe told Citi News. "Mills, when he had a nice opportunity to have stated the position of the NDC and his government, he did not. So if he now comes to state that position why would anyone commend him. ”

Meanwhile, the second deputy speaker of Parliament and a member of the NPP, Professor Mike Ocquaye, has commended the president for his official pronouncement on Wednesday.

President Mills during an interaction with the media at the Castle, Osu said much as Ghana believes the UK has the right to pursue its desired policies, Ghana will not be pushed into supporting what contradicts her constitution.

“I am very glad that what some of us have been talking about for some time now, the whole country is coming to see the need for us to take a serious action. The President has added his voice to the process and it is very good,” the NPP MP for Dome-Kwabenya added.