A government official has launched a witch-hunt against the LGBTI community and tourists in Tanzania making it a NoHoMo travel destination.
Paul Makonda, a governor in Tanzania, launched a horrific homophobic attack on Monday (October 29) and is encouraging all citizens to report LGBT people to the police.
He has given police one week to hunt down and catch every “homosexual”. Tourists included.
He warned that anyone caught will be sent to prison for 30 years and while speaking to reporters, he said: “I have information about the presence of many homosexuals in our province.”
“If you know of a homosexual, you must report them to a police officer. No one can escape. Give me their names. My team will have them all by next Monday.”
He went on to say that he already has a list of around 100 names of LGBT people and said he would prefer to anger the community than to God.
Tanzanian police said Wednesday they had arrested 12 men, including two South Africans and a Ugandan, for presumed homosexuality as part of an ongoing crackdown against gays.
“We arrested the criminals at (the hotel) Peacock — they were promoting homosexuality. Two are South Africans, one Ugandan and nine Tanzanians,” Dar es Salaam police head Lazaro Mambosasa said at a weekly press conference.
He said the 12 were being questioned ahead of being sent before a court and did not say when they had been arrested.
“Tanzanian law forbids this act between people of the same sex, it is a violation of our country’s laws,” said Mambosasa. He added the hotel manager was among those arrested for “providing a room” for the others.
The NoHoMo section on the site is a place to list businesses, services and even countries that do not promote LGBTI values.
“This is not a public shaming exercise, we acknowledge the rights that people & businesses choose who they deal with but we want to celebrate the businesses that celebrate us… and help each other avoid the ones that don’t.”