|Stephane Tchakam, ILGA|
|Stephane Tchakam, ILGA|
Zambian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) rights group, Friends of RAINKA has hit back at the Evangelical fellowship of Zambia by saying, religious organisations should “cease using the gay community as a scapegoat for their inadequacies and failures.”
“The Zambian gay community will not be used by fledgling religious organisations for publicity or monetary gain, they should cease to use the gay community as a scape goat for their inadequacies and failures”, reads the statement by Friends of Rainka.
This follows the recent homophobic attack by an executive member of the Evangelical fellowship of Zambia who called for the retention of the discriminatory Christian Nation clause in the Zambian Constitution which prohibits freedom of expression.
Responding to calls from political parties and donors to exclude the Christian Nation clause in the Zambian constitution, Bishop Paul Mususu said, “It is not proper for us to get rid of what we have cherished over the years. We shall be sinking so low if we allow things like homosexuality and pornography in the name of freedom of expression.”
“The gay movement has suffered yet another set back in Africa, it makes sad reading when African leaders ignore the blatant challenges that the continent continues to grapple with but instead opt to look at the world through their myopic eyes”, said the Friends of Rainka.
Meanwhile Assemblies of God Bishop, Joshua Banda has advised the donor community to channel their funds to development programmes rather than supporting practises such as homosexuality that are “alien” to the Zambian society.
This, after the Swedish government said, it would support various groups of people fighting for their rights including lesbians, gays, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex groups.
According to the Friends of Rainka Bishop Mususu’s comments are not surprising considering the “herd mentality” of African leaders.
They continued to say, “Bishop Paul Mususu is not acting alone and he is merely echoing the sentiments that continue to reverberate across the continent, he is calling for blood. He and his peers are a desperate generation of bigots that have watched and condoned an era of poverty ignorance and disease and have failed to call it for what it is.”
The Zambian LGBTI community was dealt with another severe blow in March during the Constitution Review Process, when the National Constitutional Conference decided to adopt a clause that prohibits marriage between people of the same sex. In Zambia homosexuality is also illegal.
“Friends of RAINKA remind Bishop Mususu and Zambian religious leaders that the first duty of a Christian is to bring the peace of Christ in any situation.”