Fury over 12 gay arrests
This as the Department of International Relations and Co-operation spokesperson Nelson Kgwete confirmed yesterday that they had requested the high commission in Dar es Salaam to follow up on reports.
Dar es Salaam police head Lazaro Mambosasa told a journalist at a weekly press conference on Wednesday that the 12 were being questioned ahead of being sent to court.
“We arrested the criminals at the hotel Peacock - they were promoting homosexuality. Two are South Africans, one Ugandan and nine Tanzanians.
"Tanzanian law forbids this act between people of the same sex, it is a violation of our country’s laws,” Mambosasa was quoted as saying.
In a statement issued, GaySA Radio and the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival said: “Homophobia was imported in colonial times from Europe into Africa, where same-sex relationships were quite common.
“It was the law of the white man who came to tame the ‘savages’.
“What a pity that on a continent where colonialism has been fought tooth and nail by various countries, this one aspect is now being claimed as African heritage, and same-sex relationships being described as ‘un-African’.”