President John Evans Atta Mills has called the bluff of UK Prime Minister David Cameron over the latter’s threat to cut aid to countries with anti-gay legislation.
The president, speaking to journalists in response to Prime Minister Cameron’s threat to cut UK aid to African countries which abuse the rights of gay citizens, said Ghana will not capitulate to the United Kingdom or any country for that matter.
“No one can deny Prime Minister Cameron his right to make policies, take initiatives or make statements that reflect his societal norms and ideals but he does not have the right to direct other sovereign nations as to what they should do especially where their societal norms and ideals are different from those which exist in Prime Minister’s society,” he stated.
He said Ghana will not legalise homosexuality on the say-so of Mr Cameron.
“I as president of this nation will never initiate or support any attempt to legalise homosexuality in Ghana,” he asserted.
President Mills maintained that Britain cannot tell Ghana what to do on her cultural and moral values.
Ghana, he said, will continue to operate within its constitution regardless of any threats from any country.
The President said Ghana will not accept aid with conditions which have the tendency to destroy the social fabric of the society.
“Let me also say that whiles we acknowledge all the financial assistance and all the aid which has been given to us by our development partners, we will not accept any aid with strings attached if that aid will not inure to our interest or the implementation or the utilisation of that aid with strings attached would rather worsen our plight as a nation or destroy the very society that we want to use the money to improve,” the president talked tough.