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Tanzania orders ‘gay men’ to report to police


Tanzania’s deputy health minister Hamis Kingwangala has ordered three men, who he accused of being gay to report to police for questioning, or risk arrest, reports the BBC’s Sammy Awami from the main city Dar es Salaam.


According to the deputy health minister, the three were spreading ‘homosexual’ activity through social media, which is against the Tanzanian law.

Gay sex in Tanzania is considered illegal and is also punishable by up to 30years in prison.

Last year, Tanzania’s health ministry announced the suspension of community-based HIV/Aids prevention programmes for gay men.

The government also threatened to ban groups that “promote” the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

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