The Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale North, Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini, has revealed how he was denied a visa outside the country.
His revelation comes at a time there have been rumours that some MPs have been denied visas to the western world because of their support for the Anti LGBTQI+ bill before Parliament.
Suhiyini, a former broadcaster, however, has not linked his visa denial to his support for the Anti LGBTQI+ bill slated to be debated when Parliament resumes later this month.
“Yes, I was refused a visa but I don’t think it is connected yet…“I have been one person that people have approached to make an issue out of a recent denial of a visa that I have refused to make an issue out of,” he said.
Alhassan Suhuyini is part of the team of eight legislators, led by Ningo Prampram MP Sam George, sponsoring a Private Members’ Bill for LGBTQI+ activities to be criminalized in Ghana.
Currently, the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021 is before Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
The religious and traditional community have thrown their weight behind the bill and asked for it to be passed to make LGBTQI+ and its related activities illegal in Ghana
Yesterday, Arthur Kennedy, a leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) who is based in the USA in an interview, revealed that some Ghanaian MPs are being denied visas and warned by pro-LGBTQ+ western countries to stay away from the bill or risk travel bans.
But Suhiyini who has blamed his protocol officer for some of the processes on TV 3 New Day said ” I still want to pursue it and be sure that it is connected before I make a case out of it.”