President Hichilema has reiterated Zambia’s stance against gay and lesbian activities, assuring the nation that his government will continue to uphold the law forbidding such “unnatural acts.” Speaking to over 400 clergy members in Chingola, the president emphasized that Zambia will remain a Christian Nation as declared by his predecessor, President Fredrick Chiluba, and that this is integral to the country’s identity.
The president urged Zambians not to believe falsehoods that his government supports LGBTQI activities and labeled such claims as “messages from detractors who are misleading Zambians aimed at derailing the country’s progress.” He affirmed that the constitution is clear on gay and lesbian activities, and he intends to uphold the provisions of the law and the normal standards and norms of Zambians who have rejected LGBTQI activities.
The meeting was attended by Joseph Kazhila, the General Overseer of Life Gospel Ministries International, who pledged the church’s support for the president’s stance against LGBTQI activities, hate speech, tribalism, and other vices. Kazhila also vowed to spearhead national reconciliation, emphasizing the need for unity and respect for the law.
The reaffirmation of Zambia’s position on gay and lesbian activities comes amid growing calls for equality and recognition of the LGBTQI community in Africa. Several countries on the continent, including South Africa and Cape Verde, have legalized same-sex marriage, while others, such as Uganda and Nigeria, have criminalized homosexuality.
President Hichilema’s stance on the matter is likely to divide public opinion in Zambia, with some supporting the government’s position and others advocating for more rights and protections for the LGBTQI community. Nevertheless, the president’s remarks are likely to reassure those who share his views that Zambia will remain steadfast in its opposition to gay and lesbian activities.