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12 Men–2 South African, 1 Ugandan–Arrested for Homosexuality in Tanzania


"Tanzania law forbids this act between people of the same sex, it is a violation of our country's laws."

The arrest, which took place on Wednesday, is part of an ongoing crackdown against gays, AFP reports.

"We arrested the criminals at (the hotel) Peacock –they were promoting homosexuality. Two are South Africans, one Ugandan and nine Tanzanians," Dar es Salaam police head Lazaro Mambosasa said.

He went on to urge citizens to notify the authorities of such activities. The hotel manager was also arrested for "for providing a room" for the 12 men.



"Tanzania law forbids this act between people of the same sex, it is a violation of our country's laws," said Mambosasa.

There have been a few other arrests of the same kind in the country this year. Gay male sex is punishable by at least 30 years imprisonment, according to Tanzanian law. A life sentence is also a possibility.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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