Saturday, February 24, 2024

Stakeholders Call for Arrest of Gay Protest Organizers in Zambia, While Some See It as Indication of Government’s Tolerance of LGBTQ Community

Share

Stakeholders in Zambia have called for the arrest of the organizers of the first-ever gay parade held in Lusaka last Saturday. The protest, convened by Sistah Sistah Foundation Zambia, aimed to advocate for the rights of the LGBTQ community.

Former Religious and National Guidance Minister Reverend Godfridah Sumaili strongly condemned the protest and questioned why the police did not stop the protest when they discovered that it had diverted from the initial reasons stipulated in their application for a permit to protest. She urged the state to take action and ensure that such a situation does not repeat itself as it has the potential to contribute to the degeneration in the country’s moral fabric and cultural norms.

The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia also condemned the protest and called for the arrest of the organizers. EFZ Executive Director Bishop Andrew Mwenda stated that such acts are a violation of biblical teachings and an arbitrary disrespect of the rule of law. The police in Lusaka have summoned the organizers of the protest to ascertain why the event was turned into a forum for championing homosexuality when the conversation applied for a permit to hold a march-past within Lusaka district to raise awareness against women and girls’ sexual and gender-based violence.

However, human rights activist Brebner Changala views the protest as an indication of the government’s tolerance of the LGBTQ community. He expressed shock that the LGBTQ community could gather the courage to come out in the open without interference from law enforcement officers despite homosexuality being illegal in Zambia. Changala has challenged the government to come out in the open and state its true position on gay rights, unlike the current situation where its pronouncements on the matter do not seem to match with their actions.

Efforts to get a comment from Chief Government Spokesperson Chushi Kasanda on the matter failed as her mobile phone was switched off. The situation has caused a divide in the country, with some advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ community, while others condemn their existence.

19 COMMENTS

  1. Citizens have the legal rights to protest and advance any topic they wish. The protesters were NOT breaking the law.
    They would be breaking the law if they were engaging in gay practises on the street. They clearly were not.

    6
    11
    • On the contrary, promoting illegal activities is a crime in Zambia. The fact that they lied about their protest says it all. They do understand that applying for a permit to promote LGBTQ will not be permitted so they forged their request and ended up with their initial hidden agenda. They have broken the law and must face the consequences henceforth.

      2
      1
    • Promoting homosexuality openly is illegal in Zambia. If they want to practice their decadent lifestyle, they can move to countries that tolerate it. LGBTQ movement is getting a push back even in the West, especially in America. Gender is now fluid in this movement. Anybody can just wake up one day and say, I’m no longer a woman. I’m a man. Or a man saying, I’m a woman now. Call me madam. Others (so called non-binary) are saying they’re neither male nor female, but a third gender. Kansas just passed a law that defines a woman as one who was born a woman. Thanks Kansas.

  2. I think you will find that many people in the country could not care less about who is gay and who is not gay.
    It just the religious freaks who are scared of losing influence.
    Hating gay people would not take the country out of the financial mess it is in.

    3
    12
  3. This is a waste of time. There’s a secret agenda. Openly the government will pretend not to support this nonsense but privately they support it. Eventually they will find a way to implement it.

  4. The police should not do anything about it. No damage was caused, it was peaceful.
    What would Zambia be coming to if we start arresting people for their thoughts?

    4
    8
    • So If I carry a poster peacefully calling for the killing of my gay neighbour is that OK with you?

      7
      2
  5. Why did the police not stop the protest? is legally, justifiably and correctly the question among victims of political oppression. The answer ba PF is: just be clever when applying for a permit. Dont put just the initials:PF on the form. Psst…. hide them inside LGBTQ, like this: LGBTPF or LGBPFTQ. Kajoba and his cohorts are too dumb to read everything. They will give you the permit. they have been instructed to turn a blind eye to LGBTQ activities

    5
    2
  6. When he ascended to the top job in Zambia it was his priority to remove the ministry that protected the Christian values , he removed it and created something that doesn’t add value to our African culture or godliness and that was the death of the fear of God . The bible says the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom now Zambia has become another Sodom and Gomora.
    Everything God created He said it was good now Zambia is proving God to be a liar , that is beginning of the distraction of famillies .
    I wonder what would have happened if men were marring men , well couldn’t have the Zambia we have now.
    What this guy has done is so troubling to those who love God . I don’at know where the Church is hiding

    5
    1
  7. The adultery being committed daily in this christian nation is no different from the LGBT issues, so lets not play champion here

    1
    6
    • Have you seen adulterers championing their behavior to be legalized? We know we have you homos in our communities just like we have thieves and adulterers. Is any of them fighting to be recognized?

  8. I told you that upnd is a gay party. Imagine leaving a nice warm and tasty woman like chushi and instead preferring to enter the smelly backside of another man.

    5
    1
  9. ZP , PLEASE JUST ARREST THE BUGGARS FOR THEY LIED TO A PUBLIC OFFICE . AND DONT FOOL THE NATION WITH PRETENSES OF INVESTIGATIONS BECAUSE THE LEADERS HAD TO COME IN THEIR PERSONAL CAPCITIES TO YOUR OFFICE AND STATED /LIED WHAT WHAT THEY WANTED TO DO. AND THEREFORE YOU KNOW THEM WELL AND YOU KNOW THEIR LIE AND WHAT THEY DID THEREAFTER. PLEASE ARREST THEM SO THAT THE SECRET FINANCIERS AND ORGANIZERS CAN BE SHAMED FOR PLANNING EVIL/FALSE SYNDICATES JUST TO IMPLICATE HH. LET NAWAKWI, NAKCHINDA,AND EMMANUEL MWAMBA LEARNTO SAY AND DO WHAT’S RIGHT TO OTHERS AND THE NATION AT LARGE

Comments are closed.

Read more

Local News