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Tanzania Orders Arrest of Three Men for Promoting Homosexuality

/ Source: Associated Press

DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — A Tanzanian official has ordered the arrest of three men accused of promoting homosexuality in this East African country.

Hamisi Kigwangalla, the deputy minister of health, said in a statement Tuesday he wanted the men prosecuted for advocating sodomy through social networks.

One of the men, identified as James Delicious, was ordered to report to the police after posting a video on Instagram that allegedly showed a gay sex act. The others wanted are Dani Mtoto wa Mama and Kaoge Mvuto.

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Gay sex is illegal in Tanzania and carries a lengthy jail term.

Last year Tanzania threatened to ban civic groups accused of supporting homosexual activities. It also suspended a community-based HIV/AIDS prevention program for men who have sex with men.

Homosexuality is criminalized in many African countries.

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