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The United States on Friday sanctioned Paul Christian Makonda, regional commissioner for Dar es Salaam in Tanzania for targeting gays.
Mr. Makonda sparked fears in the gay community in Tanzania when he announced plans to track and punish all homosexuals in the East African country.
The Tanzanian politician Paul Makonda and regional commissioner of Dar es Salaam, is a devoted supporter of President Dr. John Magufuli. He is well known for promulgating harsh rules against homosexuality and prostitution.
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Apart from his work in politics, Paul Makonda also has a Youtube channel with about 3K followers. He only posts about his political activities, public view on his channel.
In a statement, the U.S. Department of State said it was sanctioning Paul Makonda for “oppressing the political opposition, cracking down on freedom of expression, and targeting marginalized individuals in Tanzania”.
It called on the Tanzanian government to respect human rights and hold accountable those engaged in such violations.
Last December, the Trump administration warned in a travel warning that “individuals detained under suspicion of same-sex sexual conduct could be subject to forced anal examinations.“