Tanzania: Police arrest women over same-sex kiss

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Police in Tanzania have arrested a woman after a video clip showing her kiss another woman went viral online.

The woman – a Tanzanian who lives in the northwestern town of Geita, according to police – was arrested over a video that shows her kissing and embracing another woman, before presenting her with a ring.

Woman arrested over video kiss

Homosexuality is a criminal offence in Tanzania, where being convicted of “having carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” can carry a life sentence. Geita police chief Mponjoli Mwabulambo confirmed that the woman was being held in police custody over the video clip and that authorities are searching for the other woman implicated in the footage.

The woman’s arrest is the confirmed case of a woman being detained in an ongoing crackdown against homosexuality in Tanzania.

Crackdown against homosexuality

Tanzania President John Magufuli stepped up the country’s crackdown against homosexuality after coming into office in 2015. In June, he threatened to arrest and expel activists that campaign for gay rights and deregister non-governmental organisations that do the same.

In October, security forces arrested 12 lawyers and activists at a hotel in Dar es Salaam, accusing them of “promoting homosexuality”. The previous month, 20 were arrested on similar charges in the middle of a training session about how to fight HIV/AIDS.

 

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.