Gambia president: ‘Gays are vermin that must be dealt with like mosquitoes’

Yahya Jammeh, who said he would behead a LGBT person on sight, has said he will not let the Western threat to cut aid to stop his hunt on the LGBT community

Gambia president: ‘Gays are vermin that must be dealt with like mosquitoes’
19 February 2014

Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has called gay people ‘vermin’ that must be dealt with like mosquitoes.

On state television to mark the 49th anniversary of Gambia’s independence from Britain yesterday (18 February), he said he would ‘aggressively’ deal with homosexuals and compared the LGBT community to a disease.

His comments come as Uganda and Nigeria are in the process or have enacted harsher homophobic laws.

‘We will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively,’ Jammeh said, according to Reuters.

Britain and some other Western nations have threatened to cut aid to governments that pass anti-gay laws.

Jammeh said his country would defend its sovereignty and Islamic beliefs.

‘We will therefore not accept any friendship, aid or any other gesture that is conditional on accepting homosexuals or LGBT as they are now baptised by the powers that promote them,’ he said.

‘As far as I am concerned, LGBT can only stand for Leprosy, Gonorrhoea, Bacteria and Tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence.’

Jammeh, who seized power in a 1994 coup, has previously branded gays a threat to humanity. He has also described LGBT people as satanic, anti-God and anti-human.

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