Tanzania governor declares hunt for gay people

Paul Makonda announced an anti-LGBT+ crackdown in Tanzania.

The governor of Tanzania’s most-populated city, Dar es Salaam, has created a team to round up gay people.

Paul Makonda urged the city’s more than four million residents to report any information they have about gay people before the crackdown starts on November 6, according to AFP.

In the declaration on Monday (October 29), he said: “Give me their names. My ad hoc team will begin to get their hands on them next Monday.”

Tanzanian police

Tanzanian police (Daniel Hayduk/AFP/Getty)

Queer people can face up to life imprisonment in Tanzania if convicted of having gay sex.

Makonda, who has held his position since 2016, said: “I have information about the presence of many homosexuals in our province.

“These homosexuals boast on social networks.”

The governor said that gay sex “tramples on the moral values of Tanzanians and our two Christian and Muslim religions.”

MWEMBE MAKUMBI, TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF: Tanzianian riot police patrol 24 October 2005 outside the hall where Zanzibar President Amani Abedi Karume addresses a rally of the Tanzanian Revolutionary party in Mwembe Makumbi, 15 km north of Stone Town in Zanzibar. Zanzibar will elect 30 October its own president and parliament in Tanzania's national elections. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

Tanzianian riot police (MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty)

Makonda was anticipating backlash from people who lived outside Tanzania, but said that he would “prefer to anger those countries than to anger God.”

Police officers in Dar es Salaam arrested 12 men last year, accusing them of “promoting homosexuality” and engaging in gay sex.

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