Zambian President asks USA to recall envoy for denouncing gay sex sentence

Zambian President asks USA to recall her ambassador

The president of Zambia, Edgar Lungu has asked the United States of America to recall her ambassador to Zambia for criticising the southern African nation over a 15-year jail term handed to two gay men for consensual sex.

Homosexuality is a crime in Zambia. It is covered under Cap. 87, Section 155 to 157 of Zambia’s penal code.

The penal code classifies homosexual sex as a felony punishable by imprisonment for 14 years.

The American ambassador to Zambia came under heavy criticism in the country after he condemned the high court ruling in November and urged Lusaka to review laws that discriminate against minority groups.

Your Friends Also Read:  South Sudan President Kiir Bids Farewell To Outgoing Nigerian Ambassador

“You need to know that we have complained officially to the American government and we are waiting for their response because we don’t want such people in our midst,” Lungu said in comments on state-owned radio.

His press aide Isaac Chipampe said on Sunday evening, that the protest letter Lungu was referring to was the same one issued by Foreign Minister Joseph Malanji.

“The government is still waiting for a response from the United States government concerning the complaint,” said Chipampe.

Foote had told a news conference that Zambia, which gets aids from America wanted diplomats “with open pocketbooks and closed mouths.”

Your Friends Also Read:  Rwandan rebel leader, Nsabimana admits guilt to terrorism

Homosexuality is a criminal offence in Zambia covered as ‘unnatural offences’ under Cap. 87, Sections 155 through 157 of Zambia’s penal code.

Section 155 classifies homosexual sex as a felony punishable by imprisonment for 14 years.


All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from News Central TV.

Contact: digital@newscentral.ng

Total
13
Shares

Leave a Reply

Previous Article
Kenya’s MPs approve prosecution of culprits indicted in procurement scandal

Kenya’s MPs approve prosecution of culprits indicted in procurement scandal

Next Article
Ex-wife of Zimbabwe’s VP, Mary Mubaiwa remanded in prison for allegedly trying to kill him

Ex-wife of Zimbabwe’s VP, Mary Mubaiwa remanded in prison for allegedly trying to kill him

Related Posts
Powered by Live Score & Live Score App