Tanzanian government threatens to publish ‘list of gay people’

Tanzanian government threatens to publish ‘list of gay people’

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.

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10 Comments

  1. Arabian Princess
    February 22, 07:46 Reply

    A brief profile of Mr. Hamisi on wikipedia shows his parents got divorced while he was young. Daddy issues?

    And at 41, he remains unmarried…which makes me wonder if this is a case of internal homophobia.

    • ambivalentone
      February 22, 08:26 Reply

      You aren’t taking any prisoners o. You just want to kill him dead

  2. Mandy
    February 22, 08:06 Reply

    This is what happens when the government decides to become a kito-er

  3. Delle
    February 22, 09:02 Reply

    HEADLINER: “Tanzania takes over from die-hard homophobic country, Nigeria, to become the Most Homophobic Nation in Africa”

    “Come on! Empathy to Law breakers?” Kigwangalla replied. “Gimme a break. If someone kills your child, will you be empathetic?”

    Before I leave, can someone please explain how this relates to being gay?

  4. Gaya
    February 22, 09:47 Reply

    @ Mandy… this one na National Kito oooo

  5. PasserBy;>
    February 22, 10:48 Reply

    Tanzania has greater issues to deal with. From what I read, the country is poorer than Nigeria.

  6. Canis VY Majoris
    February 22, 16:21 Reply

    So I guess we should be thankful for the Nigerian MGMs in power, they’d never let this happen, because, we the members of the ‘syndicate’ diligently keep receipts.

    • Francis
      February 23, 20:08 Reply

      Those receipts are very necessary ????????????

  7. Bain
    February 22, 20:28 Reply

    oh well,Tanzania doesn’t add value to any international sector on Earth!… what do they have sef?

    But they want to masturbate their egos on homosexuals okwaya??…its funny they don’t see their presumed ‘just’ action will come back and hunt them in the coming years…Nigeria clear road,a bigger homophobic bitch (Tanzania) just arrived in town,let’s watch her self destruct.

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