Tanzanian police want to arrest people who follow gays on social media

Aug 10, 2016 LGBTQ Nation reported: While Tanzania has been considered relatively LGBT-tolerant compared to neighboring countries like Uganda, LGBT people are quickly becoming a whipping post for the country’s politicians

Last week Tanzania’s justice minister, Harrison Mwakyembe, said he wanted to outlaw pro-LGBT charities “to protect the “culture of Tanzanians.” Regional commissioner Paul Makonda, however, wants to take things a step further.

Not only has he started enforcing a ban on lube in a misguided attempt to halt gay sex in the nation, now he wants to use social media to track down LGBT people and anyone who follows them as well.

“If there’s a homosexual who has a Facebook account, or with an Instagram account, all those who ‘follow’ him… are just as guilty as the the homosexual,” he told a crowd at a religious rally according to NewNowNext.

Gay sex is illegal in Tanzania and punishable with jail sentences of up to 30 years. Prosecutions are rare and police mainly use the charge as a way to extort bribes from gay men. Since Makonda’s speech last month, activists report more than 20 men have been arrested.

Read more at: Tanzanian police want to arrest people who follow gays on social media / LGBTQ Nation

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