Tanzania is banning lubes in attempt to stop ‘encouraging’ people to be gay

Tanzania is banning lubes in attempt to stop ‘encouraging’ people to be gay

Tanzanian officials are attempting to ban the import and sale of lube amid a crackdown on the LGBT+ community.

Reports suggest that the Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said the ban was justified because the product “encourages homosexuality”.

Same-sex sexual activity between men can be punished with life imprisonment. Lesbian sex is currently not mentioned in penal codes.

According to the Lebanon Daily Star, the Minister said: “It is true that the government has banned the importation and use of the jelly to curb the spread of HIV. I have instructed stakeholders working with gay people to remove the products from the market.”

The minister added that stakeholders, who had been purchasing lubricants to give to the gay community, should give the money to the ministry instead to put towards maternity ward beds.

Police in Tanzania were in recent years accused of human rights violations against LGBT+ citizens, and of sexually assaulting people.

A man who was trying to organise a health seminar for gay and bisexual men was arrested, beaten and detained for two days. When he sought medical treatment, the hospital told him that he must first get a form from the police to show that he was a victim of assault – but the police refused.

The police have a duty to protect such vulnerable people, not expose them to hatred and bigotry, Human Rights Watch said.

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37 Comments

  1. ambivalentone
    July 23, 07:06 Reply

    #sigh The things not having common sense will do to one’s destiny ehn…smh ONLY gay ppl now use the lubricants?

  2. Francis
    July 23, 07:07 Reply

    I wonder what their doctors would start using as lubricants for procedures. Ndi ala.

    • Pink Panther
      July 23, 07:09 Reply

      That is eh. And it’s a health minister that is making this judgment call. Tufia!

      • Brian Collins
        July 23, 07:33 Reply

        Biko nu, pardon my ignorance. Doctor use lubricants for procedures?

        • Brian Collins
          July 23, 07:35 Reply

          Thinking about it now, I think gynaecologists would use it and stuff. Francis pls what other specialists use lube?

          • Francis
            July 23, 08:07 Reply

            Any procedure that involves the penis/urethra, vagina or anus requires lube.

            It’s like we are saddled with health ministers wey dem brain don knock. Na so our own begin scare people say new disease don enter Naija in the form of Steven Johnson’s syndrome. Disease wey don tey well well for market. ???

  3. Brian Collins
    July 23, 07:10 Reply

    Awwww, this was the first ever lube I used. That was ages ago. Is K-Y jelly still being produced?

  4. Kenny
    July 23, 07:16 Reply

    Government has banned the use of lubes to prevent the spread of hiv? Isn’t this contradictory somehow? And it’s their health minister…… *sigh

  5. Simba
    July 23, 08:13 Reply

    Never knew there is a country that can sink lower than Naija..

    • Pink Panther
      July 23, 08:25 Reply

      My brother, African countries are constantly vying for which one will sink lower than the other in matters of the LGBT.

      • Mandy
        July 23, 08:32 Reply

        LMAO! No be lie. The struggle is for who’ll out-scum the other when it comes to gay people.

  6. Mandy
    July 23, 08:34 Reply

    I mean, really:

    ‘The minister added that stakeholders, who had been purchasing lubricants to give to the gay community, should give the money to the ministry instead to put towards maternity ward beds.’

    Seriously?! In the scale of humanity, gay people don’t matter that much?

    • Chandler B.
      July 23, 13:02 Reply

      I tell you, I find that paragraph you quoted above simply stunning. The statements African leaders make eh, it’s no wonder the rest of the world sees us as baboons sometimes.

      So stakeholders -which would most likely be private individuals- should channel their money from whatever cause they find suitable into providing maternity ward beds? So what happened to the taxes they pay? Government is now advising, abi directing, private citizens on how to spend their money.

      • Delle
        July 23, 16:11 Reply

        Our level of significance. Now being swapped for maternity beds…#mylife.
        Smh.

  7. Promise4all
    July 23, 08:42 Reply

    Lolz, hope they will also ban everything that has to do with oil, perfume oils inclusive. I will make sure they ban the future use of saliva oooo. nansense bloody shenanigans.

  8. Francis
    July 23, 08:54 Reply

    Meanwhile the devil is out to get me today just because I decide to join dem NMA group for alerts and updates

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    If I open mouth talk na, e fit reach to pack bag begin come back Lagos. #NMACabalsCanBeBrutalAsFuck ???

  9. Lorde
    July 23, 08:59 Reply

    You know, it’s times like these I’m glad Nigerians have a remote minute sense, some of these african countries, you just wonder if their rulers really went to school, to think the only use for lube is to fuck, no worry, when I reach there and want to use ky jelly intubate a patient, or pass catheter into someone’s penis, or even perform a simple digital rectal exam, ill have my inward devilish smile while you scream in pain, cos there ain’t no lubrication to use.

  10. jess
    July 23, 09:25 Reply

    Tanzanian officials do need a brain scrub…i can even fathom their level of illiteracy.

  11. #Chestnut
    July 23, 11:02 Reply

    theses Tanzanians are too intelligent o! they were right when they said “lubes encourage homosexuality”. everybody knows that if there’s no more lube in the market, gay men will automatically start being attracted to women. everybody knows this! Hehehe…

  12. IBK
    July 23, 12:12 Reply

    Lubricant helps to reduce the probability if injury during anal sexual intercourse. Reduced anal injuries means reduced chances of sti’s transmitted by exchange of fluid.
    We need every method possible to reduce the spread of HIV and here they are putting another stumbling block.

  13. bruno
    July 23, 12:31 Reply

    lol. i can easily see the nigerian government doing something like this. there is a competition among african countries to showcase how backwards they can be. we need to do something about these anti gay laws. they can still get worse.

  14. Delle
    July 23, 12:54 Reply

    Such backwardness. Are lubes only used by gay guys? What of those with dry vagina, medical prostate procedures? Smh
    Countries like this just make you #proudlyNigerian.

    The gay guys should just be using vaseline gan. Half bread…

  15. chuck
    July 23, 21:08 Reply

    I guess they are following their religions by trying to eliminate sin from the country. If you really believe Jesus/ Mohammed, you’ll believe in doing what their books say

    • Pink Panther
      July 24, 03:56 Reply

      smh. Sometimes, you can be really sad in this your relentless tracing of every homophobic intent back to religion. Whatever damage religion has done to you, you honestly need to heal from it.

      • Chuck
        July 24, 08:34 Reply

        The damage done to our societies by values legitimised by religion is extensive. Patriarchy, sexism, homophobia, Paedophilia, gerontocracy etc.

        I didn’t expect you to have a counter argument against my claim, but nonetheless I am disappointed to be confirmed in my low expectations of you.

        What is the legitimiser/ source of this homophobia if not religion?

        • Pink Panther
          July 24, 08:35 Reply

          Yes. Man can only lack common sense if he is religious. Very astounding point, really well made there, chuck.

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