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Denmark & World Bank withhold aid to Tanzania over “unacceptable homophobic statements”



Denmark & World Bank withhold aid to Tanzania over "unacceptable homophobic statements" | BellaNaija

Tanzania’s President, John Magufuli

Tanzania has seen its 2nd biggest donor Denmark withhold aid to the country after what was described as “unacceptable homophobic statements.”

Punch reports that Denmark is withholding $10 million in aid funds over homophobic comments made by a government official.

The comments were reportedly made by Paul Makonda, the Administrative Chief of the capital Dar es Salaam.

Makonda is said to be on an anti-gay crackdown in the city, after an announcement he made earlier in November.

The World Bank also scrapped a plan to loan Tanzania $300 million over the country’s policy to ban pregnant girls from attending school.


  1. Somto

    November 15, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Shame on us Africa. These Colonial masters are still controlling our Continent ramming their sick ideologies down our throats and withholding aids just because we and our leaders cannot manage our affairs and country well. Very soon the continent will be re colonized if care is not taken.

  2. N D

    November 15, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    while I dont support homophobia or any kind of discrimination, this is a blessing for this African Nation. if you don’t take their money you’ll make progress from the inside out and they’ll shrivel up because their income is supplemented by African mishaps. So keep up with behaviors they dont approve of.

  3. Bowl

    November 15, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Meanwhile somebody should tell the Tanzanian immigration/ consulates to update their websites on visa requirements for visitors to their country !They are causing travelers a lot of hardship !

  4. chris

    November 16, 2018 at 11:37 am

    good job denmark i stand with u.LGBT rights are human rights no one should be jailed or arrested for who he/she loves denmark and the world bank did they right thing such a homophobic country should not get funding.

  5. Manny

    November 20, 2018 at 3:22 am

    Why on earth should a minister call for names of gay people to be submitted so that they can be prosecuted? These people are being raped by other “straight” prisoners. The irony of it. What is bad is bad. People are being dehumanized because of their sexuality?? What if the bedroom sins of straight people are aired?

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