Tanzania drops its threat to publish a list of gay people

Tanzania drops its threat to publish a list of gay people

Tanzania has backed down from its threat to publish a list of gay people who are allegedly selling sex online.

The country’s deputy health minister made the threat a couple of weeks ago. Hamisi Kigwangalla announced the plan as part of a government crackdown on “the homosexuality syndicate”.

“I will publish a list of gay people selling their bodies online,” Kigwangalla wrote on Twitter. “Those who think this campaign is a joke are wrong. The government has long arms and it will arrest all those involved quietly.”

However they have now backed down, saying they will “deal with this issue differently”.

“We cancelled the press conference. We are not going to announce the names of (LGBTs) who publicly market themselves for technical reasons,” Kigwangalla wrote on Twitter. “For strategic reasons and to avoid destroying evidence we will deal with this issue differently and will keep you informed at every step.”

He also said that releasing the names would be akin to “freeing a devil in a bottle.”

The plan comes after the country shut down nearly 40 privately run AIDS clinics because they were “promoting” homosexuality. Tanzania also previously took the unusual move to ban lube, which was considered an attack on gay men as it intended to prevent people from having anal sex.

Previous plans had included forcing those ‘convicted’ of homosexuality to out their friends in order to defend themselves against harsher sentencing.

“We have suspended the provision of HIV and AIDS services at less than 40 drop-in centres for key populations operated by NGOs countrywide after it was established that the centres were promoting homosexuality, which is against Tanzania’s laws,” health minister Ummy Mwalimu said.

Six months ago, the Government threatened to ban civic groups that were pro-LGBT and deemed harmful to the “culture of Tanzanians”. This threat followed a similar one made in 2016.

Last year in July, a commissioner for the city of Dar es Salaam, Paul Makonda, announced a local crackdown on LGBT people by threatening to arrest those who were openly gay on social media. Following Makonda’s threat, dozens were detained and forced to have anal exams to confirm their sexuality.

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  1. ambivalentone
    March 04, 07:21 Reply

    Mumus. Very ill-thought plans. Where does Tanzania rank on the IQ scale?

    • Pink Panther
      March 04, 08:46 Reply

      Somewhere with a minus sign, if this stupid stunt is any indication.

  2. peaches
    March 04, 10:45 Reply

    see mumu! you re cutting lube cos they don’t have cream and vegetable oil and pears baby oil? eh?. cancel the aids treatment now and rank highest aids epidermic country in Tue world. Isi-azus.

  3. Khaleesi
    March 04, 11:22 Reply

    This is that brand of stupidity that breaks you out in a cold sweat, especially when you realise that the perpetrators of such stupidity are national leaders who are in tasked with leading millions of people … #TufiakwaAfrica

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