Zambian Watchdog

Gay rights activist arrested from Muvi TV station

April 08
07:02 2013

Paul Kasonkomona (raised hand)

Zambia Police last night (Sunday) arrested a gay rights activist, Paul Kasonkomona, shortly after appearing for a TV interview at Muvi TV station.

Sources say Police, on orders from Acting president and Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu, went to Muvi TV with a view to arrest Kasonkomona inside the studios during the live interview but Muvi TV authorities told them they had no rights to do so.

Police then waited for him outside the studio but the guy stayed inside for close an hour before his friends came and attempted to whisk him away via the motor vehicle boot.

However, Police were searching all the vehicles that were leaving Muvi TV station and found Kasonkomona in one of the vehicles and immediately effected an arrest.

He is currently being held at Woodlands Police Station.

Last week, a group of gay couples attempted to marry at Lusaka Civic Center but were stopped by the City coucil authorities.

The government later ordered arrest of anyone practising homosexuality and lesbianism in the country as it was illegal in Zambia.

The offence attracts a sentence of not less than five years imprisonment once one is convicted under unnatural offences of Sections 155, 156 and 158 Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.

Last month, the European Union dared the Zambian government by advertising for financial support to organisations that wanted to promote the rights of gays in Zambia.

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