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Thousands reported to police as public are told to ‘hunt’ gays in Tanzania

Thousands reported to police as public are told to ‘hunt’ gays in Tanzania

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Thousands of LGBTI people face imprisonment for 30 years in Tanzania following a public witch-hunt.

Paul Makonda, the governor of the economic capital Dar es Salaam, launched a violent and terrifying homophobic crackdown this week.

He is encouraging citizens to report gay people to the police.

Authorities will also be trawling for possible LGBTI people on social media.

Citizens told to report LGBTI people to the police

The government has reportedly received over 10,000 messages from ‘concerned’ members of the public.

LGBTI people are named, photographed, and their addresses leaked.

‘If you know of a homosexual, you must report them to a police officer,’ Makonda told reporters.

‘No one can escape.’

Makonda said homosexuals ‘boast on media and social networks’ about their ‘abnormal’ sexuality.

‘Give me their names,’ he also demanded. ‘My team will have them all by next Monday.’

The governor continued to say he was expecting an outraged response from progressive countries.

‘I prefer to anger those countries than to anger God,’ he then said.

Makonda said gay sex ‘tramples on the moral values of Tanzanians and our two Christian and Muslim religions’.

Tanzania government already has over ‘100 names’ of LGBTI people 

President John Magufuli, elected in 2015, has brought back an extreme homophobic rhetoric.

Last year the president said everybody should condemn homosexuality, ‘even cows‘.

Gay Star News spoke to a gay woman, from Tanzania, who wanted to stay anonymous.

‘These people don’t joke,’ she told us. ‘They mean business.’

She said she has heard of LGBTI people being bound, their heads forced into rubber tires, as they are burned to death.

‘Tanzania now terrifies me,’ she said.

‘[Magulufi] is using his power to control people. He’s a tyrant. You can easily disappear in Tanzania. I don’t want to risk it myself.’

Magufuli accused AIDS clinics of being ‘hotbeds for homosexuality’.

In 2017, 13 activists and lawyers were jailed simply for trying to protect health initiatives against HIV.

Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu has also banned the sale of lube, insisting it encourages gay men to have sex.

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