In a heated exchange on the floor of the Ghanaian Parliament, Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, and MP for Tamale Central, Ibrahim Murtala Muhammad, clashed over the Human Sexual Right and Ghanaian Family Values Bill (LGBTQ+), 2021. The incident occurred during the second reading of the bill, prompting a fiery exchange between the two politicians.
During the session, Murtala allegedly whispered derogatory remarks about Ursula, insinuating that she was a practitioner of same-sex relationships. Although Murtala’s comment was not officially recorded as he did not speak into the microphone, Ursula claimed to have heard it. In response, she gestured that Murtala was “mad.”
Shortly after Ursula’s submission, she demanded an apology from Murtala, catching the attention of the Second Deputy Speaker. However, Murtala refused to withdraw his statement, citing that he did not make an official statement on record. This led to the intervention of the Minority Leader, who urged Murtala to retract his remarks.
Eventually, under pressure, Murtala offered a general apology, but Ursula was not satisfied. She repeated Murtala’s alleged comment to the entire assembly and expressed her own apology if her comments had offended him.
The clash between Ursula Owusu-Ekuful and Ibrahim Murtala Muhammad highlights the deep divisions and strong emotions surrounding the LGBTQ+ bill in Ghana. The bill has sparked intense debates and controversy within the country, with differing views on human rights and traditional values. As the discussions continue, it remains to be seen how the Ghanaian Parliament will navigate this contentious issue and what impact it will have on the LGBTQ+ community in the country.
🇬🇭🚨“Did you catch me having sexual intercourse with your wife or your daughter or your mother?”
🔥Ursula Owusu-Ekuful goes ballistic on Murtala Muhammed for allegedly calling her 'practitioner of LGBTQ’ pic.twitter.com/2IQJrIzZVU
— Kenneth Awotwe Darko (@TheKennethDarko) July 5, 2023