Tanzania authorities are holding Ugandans identified as gay men who escaped from Rakai police custody three months back.
Tanzanian capital Dar es Salam chief, Mambosasa Lazoro, confirmed that they have Ugandans in their custody including Asiimwe Alex and another young lady identified as Kent Diana.
There are also South African nationals being held for presumed homosexuality as per on going crackdown against LGBT acts within East African Communities (EAC) including Uganda, where such acts are treated as illicit which can lead to life imprisonment for the second offender.
“We arrested the criminals at hotel peacock in Dar es salam, these fugitives are on list among the wanted persons, according to our Interpol finger print signals. When we contacted our colleagues in Uganda, they confirmed & were identified very well, although they had no official documents.”
The culprits were arrested in a recent crackdown when they were participating in a gay seminar at a certain Lusam INN hotel owned by Sengooba Kityo Robert, also a criminal escapee.
The hotel was closed and treated as crime scene. The hotel manager is in custody for providing rooms for the criminals without travel documents.
The criminals are being interrogated, after that they will be extradited back to Uganda.
A one Asiimwe, said during the interrogations that they were in transit, their last destination was South Africa by road, travelling at night through Zambia.
Homosexuality is illegal & punishable to life imprisonment for the second offender & it’s a violation to East African Community laws that include; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, S.Sudan etc.
Mombosasa urged the Interpol, Afripol chiefs, migration boarder control officials and the public to report such suspected criminals to competent officials.
Police in Uganda has been cracking down on European and United states nationals working with NGOs that are accused of advocating for gay rights within EAC region.
Similarly, the Inter Parliamentary Union, has been forced to drop a proposed debate on rights of homos over objections mainly focusing on African member States.
The proposal was moved by the IPU’s standing committee on democracy & Human rights which was meant to be on order paper during the next 138th Inter Parliamentary Union, General Assembly slated for March next year in Geneva-Switzerland.
Ugandan speaker to the parliament Rebeca Kadaga, the head of African group comprising of majority of African states threatened that the group will keep away from the next General Assembly, if the proposal is enforced. The 137th IPU ended on Thursday in St, Petersburg Russia.