In a bid to battle homosexuality, the Tanzanian government has revealed plans to publish a list of gay people in the country.
There was a “homosexuality syndicate” in the country, according to deputy health minister Hamisi Kigwangalla. He added that country was investigating it, and that they were going to arrest and prosecute everyone involved.
“I will publish a list of gay people selling their bodies online,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
“Those who think this campaign is a joke are wrong. The government has long arms and it will arrest all those involved quietly. Once arrested they will help us find others.”
He added: “Have you ever come across a gay goat or bird? Homosexuality is not biological, it is unnatural.”
Tanzania’s homosexual war is only against men, and gay sex attracts a prison sentence of 30 years to life imprisonment. There are no sanctions for lesbians.
Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu had also enforced the ban of importation and sales of sexual lubricants into the country, saying they encouraged homosexuality and thus, HIV/AIDS.
Mwalimu also shut down a number of HIV/AIDS clinics around the country, accusing them of supporting homosexuality.
“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,” Mwalimu told a press conference.
The African continent is largely homophobic, and the act is banned in over 30 countries in the continent. It even attracts a death sentence in Sudan and Somalia.