8 April 2013

Zambia: Gay Rights Activist Arrested At Muvi TV

Photo: See-ming Lee/UN
Displaying the rainbow flag of gay rights activists: Despite vocal opposition in a number of African countries, acceptance is slowly gaining ground.

Police in Lusaka last night arrested a gay rights activists, Paul Kasonkomona, within a private television station premises after featuring on a live programme dubbed The Assignment.

Kasonkomona was appearing on MUVI TV on which he made numerous points in support of gay rights but police visited the station and picked him up to take him to Woodlands Police Station where he spent a night.

The MUVI TV guest was about to be driven out by his colleagues including a lawyer before the car he was in was stopped and police got a hold of him for interrogation.

Kasonkomona, who calls himself a human rights activist, has called on respective government wings to harmonise their obligations in dealing with gay rights.

He said that gay rights are like any other form of human rights, which should be respected at all cost.

It's illegal to practice gay in Zambia and any offender can face a crime of up to five years. During Easter, some couples attempted to register gay marriages with local authorities but were turned away.

This prompted Acting President Edgar Lungu, who is the substantive home affairs minister, to warn those practicing homosexuality in the country to desist from the practice or face arrest.

Later, police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela issued a warning that anyone found practicing homosexuality will be brought to book.

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