General News of Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Source: peacefmonline

Mahama's friendship with gay doesn't make him one - Ken Agyapong

Assin Central Member of Parliament (MP) Kennedy Agyapong has sharply disagreed with some Ghanaians raising eyebrows at President John Dramani Mahama’s links with renowned gay lobbyist, Andrew Solomon, because of his sexual orientation.

“If John Mahama happens to befriend someone who happens to be a gay, there is nothing wrong with that. It doesn’t make him a gay, it doesn’t make the President gay,” he stated. Last week, Pastor Amos Kevin-Anane, Student Counselor of the Pentecost University, alleged President Mahama to be in cahoots with Andrew Solomon.

Andrew Solomon is the founder of the Solomon Research Fellowship for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) located at the Yale University in Connecticut, USA.

He is known to be a strong financier of gay advocacy and a formidable gay lobbyist worldwide.

The youth activist claims an extensive research he has conducted shows there is a link at the presidency to Andrew Solomon.

Explaining the basis of his research, he said when President Mahama launched his autobiography: ‘My First Coup d’etat, at the Schomburg Centre of Research in Black Culture at Harlem, New York, Andrew Solomon who is also a prolific writer was one of his guests and was seated with him ‘alone’ on the podium.

On government’s official website (, there are several pictures of proceedings at the book launch, including exclusives of President Mahama and Mr. Solomon.

But speaking to the issue on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia morning show, the outspoken NPP MP pointed out that gays are not to be discriminated since most of them are talented and hard working.

“Ghanaians should not discriminate gays, for all you know Mahama will capitalize on some important issues in the book written by Andrew Solomon his gay friend. Getting closer to him (Andrew Solomon) doesn’t make the president a gay. I disagree with Ghanaians.”

“I have stayed in Europe for long so its funny to me when I hear such issues from Ghanaians. I personally know three Indians who are gays and they are very hard working. Some are very kind to people.”

“So if someone has written a book and thinks President Mahama is the right person to do that for him, it doesn’t make the president a gay” he said.