The Communication Director for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buaben Asamoah has described the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, as emotional about the LGBTQ bill and called on him to step back with his involvement in proceedings concerning the bill before the House.
Mr Buaben Asamoah believes the Speaker should portray a neutral side of him as he handles the business of the House in order not to influence the final determination of the bill.
“I think on this matter he is getting too involved, he is not being the referee that he ought to be and I think it will be important he steps back a bit. So that whenever he is called to make a determination it will be accepted on all sides. Because it is almost as if he has made up his mind.
“Many believe that he is a promoter of the bill, but as a Speaker, you embody the house. You are not part of the disputations, you have to be above it. The way he is going about it is a bit tricky. But he is smart and knows what he is doing,” Buaben Asamoa told Nana Aba Anamoah on Accra-based Starr FM’s Starr Chat program on Wednesday.
The NPP Communication Director also used the opportunity to call for tolerance and respect for other viewpoints regarding the bill.
“People need to be able to share their viewpoints without being attacked. For me, the biggest space is tolerance. We ought not to be emotional about other feelings about it. We are literally still transitioning from what we used to believe into the new,” he advised.