Zambian ruling party accuses opposition of encouraging gay rights

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Lusaka - Zambia's ruling Patriotic Front has accused the opposition UPND of planning to enshrine gay rights in the country's Constitution, a local newspaper reported on Friday.

PF deputy chairperson for elections, Kelvin Bwalya, criticised the United Party for National Development for supporting the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. He said it went against the nation's staunch Christian values, the Lusaka Times reported.

In a statement, Bwalya asked that UPND vice-president Geoffrey Mwamba counsel his reportedly "lesbian daughter" on gay rights and tell her to seek "salvation".

"If these reports are true, it may confirm our worst fears regarding why the UPND is dead set against the referendum on the Bill of Rights, which defines marriage as the union between a man and woman," Bwalya said.

The PF and all patriotic Zambians were "unequivocally opposed" to homosexual relationships within the southern African country, and that such "abominations" would not be condoned.

"It is clear that the UPND is hell-bent on destroying our way of life and values. We shall not allow them to this."

He appealed to all patriots and Christians to stop UPDN leader Hakainde Hichilema and Mwamba from "shredding the moral fabric of our beloved Zambia", he said in his statement.

Zambian Foreign Minister Gabriel Namulambe had previously stated that homosexuality was an affront to Zambia as a Christian nation.

According to the Advocate, Namulambe said Zambia’s government would not recognise "untraditional" gay rights.

Amnesty International has called on the southern African nation to put an end to anti-gay persecution, noting the harsh treatment of citizens perceived to be gay.

 

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