The country’s deputy health minister Hamisi Kigwangalla said on Twitter that the government was investigating “the homos3xuality syndicate” and would arrest and prosecute those involved in the g*y s3x business.
“I will publish a list of g*y people selling their bodies online. Those who think this campaign is a joke are wrong. The government has long arms and it will arrest all those involved quietly,” he wrote.
“Once arrested they will help us find others.”
G*y male s3x is punishable by anything from 30 years to life imprisonment under Tanzanian law, but there is no such ban on l*sbian relations.
However politicians have largely ignored the g*y community which was not subject to levels of discrimination seen in other countries such as neighbouring Uganda until a recent spike in anti-g*y rhetoric by the government.