The Tanzanian government has threatened to publish a list of gay people, risking mob violence and threatening their lives.
Hamisi Kigwangalla, the deputy health minister (pictured above), has vowed to break up a ‘homosexuality syndicate’ and publish names of men working as sex workers.
“I will publish a list of gay people selling their bodies online,” Kigwangalla said on Twitter. “Those who think this campaign is a joke are wrong. The government has long arms and it will quietly arrest all those involved. Once arrested, they will help us find others.”
Some Twitter users heavily criticized the message, with one saying demonizing minorities ‘divides the world’. “Where is human empathy?” he asked.
“Come on! Empathy to Law breakers?” Kigwangalla replied. “Gimme a break. If someone kills your child, will you be empathetic?”
Tanzania has been cracking down on its LGBTI community. Recently, Kingwangala ordered three men accused of ‘spreading homosexual activity’ to report to the authorities.
Gay sex is illegal in Tanzania and punishable by up to 30 years in prison. In addition to banning the import and sake of lube in the country, the government has also suspended HIV and AIDS prevention programs, with claims that the clinics attend to gay people.