The East African Country of Tanzania has announced that it has put a special team together dedicated to hunting down people who are gay.
Tanzania has strict laws against homosexuality. People who are convicted of “Homosexual crimes” face up to 30 years in prison. Tanzania has taken it a step further, it’s now created a team that will hunt people who are gay down.
Paul Makonda, governor of Dar es Salaam, has has announced the team, and said the surveillance team will be hunting people down in real life, and using social media to track down people who are homosexual.
Paul Makonda is also encouraging people to out those who are gay, and put their names forward if they find out someone is gay.
Homosexuality has always been crime in Tanzania, and anti-LGBT and homosexuality has been on a high rise since their president John Magufuli has been elected in 2015. Makonda, who has the same deep views of Magufuli, and is a close ally of him said,
“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. Therefore, I am announcing this to every citizen of Dar es Salaam. If you know any gays … report them to me, give me their names.”
The Anti-Gay Hit Squad will be made up of 17 people, including police, people involved in the media, and state officials. Makonda has promised that arrests will be made on Monday.