Tanzanian Governor Announces Massive Crackdown on Gay Citizens Using Information Found on Social Media

2 November 2018

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He says he will begin mass arrests of LGBTQ citizens starting on Monday.

In one of the most extreme cases of government initiated homophobia, the governor of Tanzania's capital has announced his plans for a massive crackdown on members of the city's LGBTQ community by appointing a task force to identify gay people online.

He announced his plans for sweeping arrests of gay citizens in an interview on Monday that was shared on social media, reports CNN Africa. "I have received reports that there are so many homosexuals in our city, and these homosexuals, are advertising and selling their services on the internet," said Governor Paul Makonda. "Therefore, I am announcing this to every citizen of Dar es Salaam. If you know any gays...report them to me."

"These homosexuals boast on social networks," he added.

When asked about the international backlash that the decision will undoubtedly draw, Makonda, described as a pious Christian and a loyal supporter of president John Magufuli stated "I prefer to anger those countries than to anger God," adding that same-sex relationships "trample on the moral values of Tanzanians and our two Christian and Muslim religions," as quoted in News 24. Read the full article on Okayafrica here.