Director of the Catholic run Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection Fr Leonard Chiti says US President Barack Obama’s call on African countries to decriminalize homosexuality will not in Zambia.
Fr Chiti said Zambians have out rightly rejected demands to include laws that allow same sex relationships in the constitution.
“When you look at the draft constitution, you will see that Zambians have been categorical about their rejection of clauses that seem to allow rights for people of such orientations and I don’t see any change in that regard,” Fr Chiti said.
He added, “Moreover if Africans or Zambians in particular were to embrace same sex relationships, I believe it would be Africans themselves to make a choice and not anybody else telling them what to do.”
Fr Chiti said pushing for decriminalisation of homosexuality is a non-starter in Zambia.
“This is one thing I don’t see happening in Zambia because the people themselves have made it clear that they don’t want such lifestyles,” Fr Chiti said.
During his trip to Senegal as part of his three leg tour of Africa, US President Barack Obama hit out at discrimination against gays in Africa.