A fresh round of anti-gay hysteria begins in Southern Africa. During the question and answer session in the Zambian parliament, Vice President George Kunda charged the government was aware of men who married to hide their homosexuality and they should be "reported" to the police.
The vice president told MPs: "Some could be lawyers, engineers, journalists and if you have information of others ... please report them to the law enforcement agencies."
"Zambia is a Christian nation and it shall continue to be so because it is part of our constitution. And acts such as homosexuality are not part of the Christian norm," Kunda said, adding that "homosexuality is a bad thing and we should all come together and fight homosexuality."
Kunda reminded parliament in 2005 the house "passed stiff laws against homosexuality" and the minimum sentence for a person found guilty is 15 years. Behind the Mask, the African LGBT news outlet, reports "shouts of shame and laughter" during Kunda's statement.
According to the Central Intelligence Agency: Zambia is one of the world's poorest nations. Life expectancy is an average of 40 years and the HIV/AIDS rate is 16 percent. The real "shame" is that Kunda and parliament know these grim statistics damn well and hope to distract the rural, impoverished nation with this meaningless anti-gay witch hunt.