Tanzanian Official Who Led Anti-Gay Movement Banned From Entering U.S, Including His Family

February 2, 2020
122 Views

Paul Makonda, the administrative chief of Tanzania capital, who launched a crackdown on homosexuality in 2018, has been banned by the United States.

According to Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, in a statement issued on Friday, the ban also affects members of his family.

Makonda was acused by the US of being involved in “gross violations of human rights, which include flagrant denial of the right to life, liberty, or the security of persons”.

“The United States remains deeply concerned over deteriorating respect for human rights and rule of law in Tanzania,” the statement read.

“This includes actions taken by the government that curtail freedom of expression, freedom of association, and right of peaceful assembly; target marginalized people and the political opposition, and jeopardize life.

“Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that foreign officials have been involved in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.

“The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members. In addition to the public designation of Paul Christian Makonda, the Department is also publicly designating his spouse, Mary Felix Massenge.

“These actions against Paul Christian Makonda underscore our concern with human rights violations and abuses in Tanzania, as well as our support for accountability for those who engage in such violations and abuses. We call on the Tanzanian government to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of expression, association, and the right of peaceful assembly.

“Today we designated Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Christian Makonda as ineligible to enter the U.S. for his involvement in gross violations of #humanrights. We are deeply concerned over deteriorating respect for human rights and rule of law in Tanzania,” Secretary Pompeo said.

Meanwhile, Makonda had said he knew he would come under fire when he launched the anti-gay movement in 2015, explaining he would, however, forge ahead, claiming the act “angers God.”

KanyiDaily had reported that others countries affected by the ban include Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar.

You may be interested

2023: Six PDP Govs, Ayu, Saraki, Obi endorse ‘Jandor’ for Lagos guber
News
1 views
News
1 views

2023: Six PDP Govs, Ayu, Saraki, Obi endorse ‘Jandor’ for Lagos guber

Webby - January 22, 2022

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday endorsed Dr. Abdul-Azeez Adediran aka ‘Jandor’ as an aspirant for the Lagos gubernatorial…

Alabi emerges as new Lagos Police Commissioner
News
5 views
News
5 views

Alabi emerges as new Lagos Police Commissioner

Webby - January 21, 2022

Spread the loveA new Lagos State Commissioner of Police has been appointed for the state by the Inspector-General of police,…

PDP officially welcome anti-Tinubu APC members into fold
News
3 views
News
3 views

PDP officially welcome anti-Tinubu APC members into fold

Webby - January 21, 2022

Spread the loveThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has officially welcomed the convener of the Lagos4Lagos Movement and chieftain of the…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.