Tanzania government states they are not responsible for the homophobic purge

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The government of Tanzania has attempted to distance itself from an anti-gay crackdown in the city of Dar es Salaam, encouraged by its Mayor Paul Makonda, who let gay people know that they are, mildly speaking, not welcome in the city. The statement, issued November 4 on behalf of the national Tanzanian government, says that the Mayor spoke on his personal behalf, not as an official, and it is necessary to realize that his position does not give him competence to speak on behalf of the whole Tanzania, especially if to consider that fact that the Tanzanian government does not agree with him and these views. “The United Republic of Tanzania will also continue to respect and uphold all human rights as provided for in the country’s constitution,” the statement reads. Homosexuality is illegal in Tanzania under a penal code that dates back to the British colonial era and punishable up to 12 years behind the bars.

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