Tanzania: 20 arrested for ‘homosexuality’

AFP:-Twenty people have been arrested on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous archipelago Zanzibar for alleged homosexuality, a police official said Saturday, in the latest crackdown on the country’s gay community.

“They are implicated in homosexuality. We arrested them and are busy interrogating them. The police cannot turn a blind eye to this practice,” said regional police commander Hassan Ali Nasri on state television.

He said the 12 women and eight men were arrested in a hotel where they were undergoing training from an NGO that works on HIV/AIDS education programmes.

In February, Tanzania announced it was stopping many privately run health centres from providing AIDS-related services, which Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said promoted homosexuality.

Gay male sex is punishable by anything from 30 years to life imprisonment under Tanzanian law, but there is no such ban on lesbian relations.

However, politicians had largely ignored the gay community – which was not subject to levels of discrimination seen in other countries such as neighbouring Uganda – until a recent spike in anti-gay rhetoric by the government.

On Friday, deputy health minister Hamisi Kingwangalla vowed in front of parliament to “fight with all our strength against groups supporting homosexuality in our country”.

Government has in past month vowed to deport foreigners who “campaign for homosexuality”.

Dozens of men suspected of being gay have been detained and taken to hospital for anal exams to confirm their homosexuality.

In July last year the government banned the import and sales of sexual lubricants, which Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said encouraged homosexuality which led to the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Homosexuality is illegal in 38 of 54 countries in Africa, and is punishable by death in Mauritania, Sudan and Somalia, according to Amnesty International.

Uganda in 2014 tried to impose the death penalty on those found guilty of being homosexual, however the controversial law was later repealed.


  1. Anonymous
    September 17, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    They to nasty stop playing in a poop hole

  2. Anonymous
    September 17, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Righteousness exults a nation but sin is a reproach. It is good to see that there are govts who still uphold the law of God.

  3. Maestro
    September 17, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Blah blah blah with your fairytales and “God” nonsense. How about you stop shoving your religious beliefs on everyone else?
    Wake the up and learn some science. There is no “god” and your bible stories are fairytales.
    Worry about YOU, not about what other people do with their own sex lives.

  4. Maestro
    September 17, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    ” punishable by death”

    And you praise your fairytale “god” for this?
    Smh. When will you religious fanatics realize you’ve been had by primitive superstitious mankind?
    If this is praisable, your “God” is an evil piece of dung.

  5. Maestro
    September 17, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    How about minding your own business? Nah, that’s no fun eh?
    It’s more fun to worry about other people’s sex lives.
    Meanwhile, heterosexual men are putting “it” in their girlfriend’s and wives “poop hole”, toy hypocritical bastard.

  6. Anonymous
    September 17, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    to carry on any of this perverted activity,you have some wires got crossed wrong in your brain,very sick sick people,and the disease you spread,only to die a very painful death,and all that for your demented lust,what a price you pay.how sad you don’t want to live your life how it was intended.how sad for you. nice to see some places still enforce a clean way of life,bravo to the law,keep up the hard work,because you have to fight such lawless people.

  7. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    September 17, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Okay, I don’t see the logic in messing with poop, it’s unhealthy, but how does their lifestyle affect us heterosexuals personally? I say live and let live, it’s Mother Nature’s way of controlling the earth’s population anyway.

    To those of you men who are disgusted by their sexual preference, or feel insecure, the trick is to not imagine yourself with another man…and you’ll be fine. Don’t make it personal dudes, it shouldn’t be.

    1. Anonymous
      September 17, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      well put

  8. Jesse Deitte
    September 17, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    So sad to treat people this way and I pray for those who are persecuted. It’s so backwards that it’s hard to believe another human being demands another human being not to be who God created them to be. IGNORANT! And you ask God to bless your nation? Stay out of people’s bedrooms and tend to your own house!

  9. Anonymous
    September 17, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    you have as perverted since of reality as the sex perverts do,you have wires missing not crossed,it would help everything if you were to actually read what your putting down,how nutty you really are ,may the efforts to get all these perverted people locked away forever continue,if we could get you all locked up including,this weird nut 666wow everyone could breathe easier.

    1. Anonymous
      September 17, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      I sense you’re an angry MF who has a tough time breathing in that closet you’re stuck in.

  10. Anonymous
    September 18, 2017 at 12:06 am

    to contraire Watson to open people’s eyes and understand what real personified truly nutty professor atmosphere this 666lives it’s world in.along with all these other sexual immoral perverts lock them all up for good law people,round them all up,put them away forever.then a normal person can sit outside and drink a cup of coffee,free of all the sick nuts.

    1. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
      September 18, 2017 at 1:36 am

      You should seek help, before you hurt yourself or someone else.

  11. Brinton
    September 18, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    And this sort of thing is why African nations and those like them around the world will always be poor and struggle to really a successful part of the modern world. Diversity is a tremendous strength. A just government has no place in social affairs. Live and let live. Instead they need to focus on creating an environment for and of success, focus on infrastructure and enabling folks to be successful and achieve, and not on moronic and divisive politics that tears their families and people apart, ripping the very fabric that’s core to any sort of quality of life as a community.