I’m writing this on Halloween. Not to sound like a downer, but this is a reminder that nothing is scarier than reality.
Paul Makonda, governor of Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam, announced on Monday an anti-gay witch hunt, threatening to arrest and prosecute people suspected of being homosexual. This government round-up will begin Nov. 6.
“I have information about the presence of many homosexuals in our province,” he told the press. He called on citizens of the province to report any information about homosexuals.
Makonda has held the office since 2016, and he is a fervent Christian. He said on Monday that homosexuality "tramples on the moral values of Tanzanians and our two Christian and Muslim religions.”
Makonda said that he expected backlash from foreign governments, but insisted he’d “prefer to anger those countries than to anger God.”
“These homosexuals boast on social networks,” he said. “Give me their names. My ad hoc team will begin to get their hands on them next Monday."
Homosexuality is illegal in Tanzania; same-sex activity between men is punishable by as much as a life sentence.
Per the country’s penal code, it is criminal to have “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature.”
On the grounds that they promote homosexual activity Tanzania stopped providing healthcare to AIDS patients last year.
An estimated 33,000 people died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2016.
Police in Dar es Salaam arrested 12 men suspected of homosexual activity last year. Over four million people reside there.
For more on this, including some jaw-dropping facts about anti-gay discrimination and violence in other African regions, go to Pink News.