Some Zambian delegates who went for the Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) and wanted to share hotel rooms to cut down on costs were denied to do so as it amounted to breaking the law on Homosexuality in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
A Congolese journalist Blaireou Kajam explained that there was no law against homosexuality, but it was a taboo and anyone found practicing homosexuality was immediately arrested and jailed for not less than three years.
Mr Kajam said hotels did not allow people of the same sex to share the same room for fear of homosexuality.
“If people of the same sex are discovered to share the same room, they are immediately arrested and are jailed,” Mr Kajam said.
He said it was normally advised that people of the same sex that wanted to get accommodation should find hotels that were suitable for their pockets.
However, after negotiations some hotels allowed Zambian delegates of the same sex who wanted to share a room and were asked to pay an extra 50 percent of the actual price.
Hotel accommodation in Lubumbashi is expensive as some standard accommodation costs about US$ 300 per night.