Labour Councillor Chika Amadi was suspended from the Labour Party yesterday pending an investigation into her comments about homosexuality: she compared gay pride marchers to “peadophiles“. Today, further allegations emerge against the Harrow councillor and pastor: Guido has seen a letter of complaint against Amadi submitted to Harrow’s monitoring officer. It alleges:
“At a recent Performance and Finance Scrutiny meeting, Cllr Amadi referred to FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) as a cultural practice, suggesting that it is therefore sometimes acceptable. Many in the room were shocked at her explicit support for such violent practices for which there should be no exceptions.
“Furthermore, it has recently emerged that Cllr Amadi inappropriately misused Council resources. Councillor Amadi, hosted and advertised the “Reigning women conference” on 18th March 2017, 10:45-17:00 in the Council Chamber whilst charging £18.50 per ticket. The Council Chamber would usually have a rental cost of £270 for a non-council event, however Councillor Amadi paid nothing and has not registered this as a gift. The advertisements for the event it listed her title as “Cllr” which is giving the impression that she was acting in her official capacity as a Councillor.”
A Labour councillor last night warned the wrath of God would be unleashed on her critics after she appeared to compare gay pride marchers to peadophiles. Chika Amadi, who represents Edgware on Harrow Council, is also a pastor at Goodnews Ministries International. Screenshots were circulated of her social media posts, which campaigners branded homophobic. The row erupted when Amadi posted a link to a report on a Christian website. Amadi wrote:
The councillor had previously shared the following quote from the former President of The Gambia on Facebook:
“Homosexuality is anti-humanity. I have never seen a homosexual chicken, or turkey. If you are convicted of homosexuality in this country, there will be no mercy for offenders. We will put you in the female wing of the prison.”
A Harrow Council source told Guido that Labour is aware of the posts. The party did not respond to a request for comment. Just another Monday in the compliance unit…
UPDATE 14.00: Guido understands the Tory group on Harrow Council has put in a formal complaint regarding the remarks made by Cllr Amadi about homosexuality. They have asked Labour to withdraw the whip. Her last judgement?
UPDATE 15.05: Harrow Labour said: “The tweets and Facebook messages from Chika Amadi are being taken seriously and are being investigated. Action will be taken.” Guido understands suspension is likely to follow…
UPDATE 15.55: Tory Minister Margot James said:
“These homophobic comments by a sitting Labour Councillor are completely unacceptable and wrong. I urge the Harrow Labour party to withdraw the whip immediately from Cllr Amadi to reflect the seriousness of these statements on her social media.”
UPDATE 16.02: Amadi has been suspended. A Labour Party spokesperson said: “Chika Amadi has been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation.”