Tanzania launches anti-gay crackdown

The governor of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s most populous city, has launched a crackdown on gay people.

Speaking to journalists on Monday governor Paul Makonda said: “I have information about the presence of many homosexuals in our province.”

He called on members of the public to report any suspected LGBT+ people to the police.

“These homosexuals boast on social networks,” he said. “Give me their names, and my ad hoc team will begin to get their hands on them next Monday.”

He went on to say that homosexuality “tramples on the moral values of Tanzanians and our two Christian and Muslim religions.”

Makonda said that he expected criticism from other countries, but preferred their anger to the anger of God.

Same-sex activity is illegal in Tanzania with a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.