Tanzania Gay Rights Activism– The Tanzanian President has issued an order hence forth to de-register non governmental organizations that advocate for gay rights in the country.
Whether by nationals or foreigners, the government has put in place punitive measures for defaulters.
Already, about 40 health facilities have been shut down for promoting gay tendencies.
According to the disciplinarian president, homosexuality or any sexual orientation that is contrary to the natural course is not welcome in the country. He bluntly says such acts are illegal.
Amnesty International also confirms that 38 of the 54 African countries have criminalized homosexuality.
In Tanzania, the law forbids having “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature”.
Foreign aid from the west over time has become a somewhat trap to compromise conservative cultures in third world countries.
In exchange for what should be an altruistic service, the western world gradually impedes on sensitive issues such as euthanasia, abortion and LGBT rights.
Pope Francis had expressed his concern over the sad trend last year, calling it the modern day cultural imperialism. He condemned the western world for denying countries in need of humanitarian services aid because of their stance on religion, abortion and homosexuality.
Countries like the Philippines suffered a similar fate from the United States, regardless of the fact that both countries have enjoyed mutual relations over the years.
The Holy Father stated that it is encroachments such as these that has erupted extremism in various parts of the world today.
“A people enters with an idea that has nothing, nothing to do with the nation. … And they colonize the people with an idea that changes, or wants to change, a mentality or a structure… They use the need of a people to take an opportunity to enter and grow strong”
“Faced with current Islamist terrorism, we should question the way a model of democracy that was too Western was exported to countries where there was a strong power, as in Iraq, or Libya, where there was a tribal structure.”
Very many countries in Africa are vulnerable to accepting the “un-African” trend because of their economic states and longing for foreign investments.
However, countries like Nigeria, Tanzania and a host of others have maintained their stand that “unnatural” sexual behaviors are not wanted in their societies; even if it costs them the foreign aid.
“Those who teach such things do not like us, brothers. They brought us drugs and homosexual practices that even cows disapprove of,”
Without mincing words, Magufuli has pronounced that any national found engaging in homosexual acts risks a 30-year jail sentence. Likewise expatriates in the country who propagate the ideologies face instant deportation.
Tanzania gay rights activism has not been popular. According to a 2007 Pew Global Attitudes survey, the East African country ranks 7th on the list of 42 countries who abhor the LGBT lifestyle.
Tanzania’s Interior Minister Mwigulu Nchemba said:
“Those who want to campaign for gay rights should find another country that allows those things,”
“If we establish that any organisation registered in our country is campaigning for gay rights … I will deregister that organisation. If a Tanzanian national is doing that campaign, we will arrest him and take him to court … and if it is a foreigner, we will immediately order him to leave the country.”
In Mauritania, Sudan and Somalia, homosexuality is a criminal case punishable by death.
Largely conservative nations are recently rising up to challenge several western ideologies. As expected there are opposing factors from both within and outside.
Tanzania’s Magufuli ever since his inauguration says that his mission includes a tone down of indecent and immoral behaviors in the country. For his bold diciplinary steps, the country and the international community have praised his efforts.
On the other hand he is accused by right groups of exhibiting authoritarian traits which infringes on individual freedom and choices as in the recent halt of Tanzania gay rights activism.