The Flagbearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Dr. Edward Mahama, has said although he loves homosexuals and will not discriminate against them as a Christian, as a medical practitioner, he considers their act unhealthy. Dr. Edward Mahama, who took his turn on Tuesday at the Institute of Economic Affairs’ (IEA) Evening Encounter, made the comment in response to a question on what he makes of Ghana’s back and forth argument on homosexuality.
Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, General Secretary for the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, specifically asked Dr. Mahama about his take on the rights of homosexuals in the country. “As a Christian I think homosexuality is condemned by the Bible, but I think also as a Christian, Christ said we should love our neighbour as we love ourselves so I love them. I may disagree with them and their lifestyle. I have a very close friend whose son was a homosexual and I always looked at him and loved him inside me but the fact that he was doing the wrong thing for himself. As you know being a pastor, Paul says that when we commit sexual sin is against our own body first. There are scientific basis which others may disagree with. So basically it is not a very healthy sexual practice. And I tell lesbians and gays who come to me that it is not a very healthy sexual practice. If you enjoy it, do it, but you are taking the risk.”
“What I am saying is that, it’s their right to do what they like with their body but I don’t endorse it and I think it’s wrong which is why I educate them. And that’s all I can do because I am not going to think for somebody.”
I’ll be responsible if elected.
Dr. Mahama, who spoke on several issues ranging from education, health, economy unemployment and corruption among others, said the PNDC remains the best alternative to turn around the fortunes of the country.
He explained that his desire to become President is borne out of his ability to take personal responsibility for his actions and contempt for wrongdoing in Ghana.
Dr. Mahama bemoaned the extent to which Ghana’s weak systems have failed to address the canker of corruption, explaining that, unlike other countries where some Presidents had to step down for being involved in one corrupt practice or the other, the situation is totally different in Ghana.
“We have a system where those who loot are held in high esteem.
A former Prime Minister of Latvia resigned when the roof of a Supermarket collapsed, killing 54 people. He said he took political and moral responsibility for the disaster.
In Germany, Christian Wulff resigned from high office of President in 2009, put on trial for corruption because his friend was alleged to have paid for his hotel room and his food valued at 700 euros.
“In the United States of America, President Nixon stepped aside from high office of US President after the Watergate scandal. It is this kind of taking personal responsibility and abhorring wrongdoing that I am offering myself as President of Ghana,” Edward Mahama explained.
Ghana can rise again
Mr. Mahama was however quick to add that, the PNC is devising a detailed manifesto which contains solutions that will address corruption and ensure growth and sustainable development of the country.
He stated that, the country can rise again if Ghanaians will make a decision “to go for the PNC” in the November polls. “Working together, Ghana can rise again. Let’s go for the PNC. We have a unique and inspiring preposition to transform the fortunes of this country, the new beginnings, the new deal, the new force.”