Gambia set to ban gay people
Speaking ahead of a controversial new bill to ban homosexuality in Gambia, President Yahya Jammeh, has described LGBT people as vermin that should be squashed like mosquitoes.
The proposed bill has been submitted to parliament and is certain to have the support of the President should it pass.
Secretary General and Minister for Presidential Affairs, Momodou Sabally, said the bill will ‘strengthen’ Gambian culture.
The Secretary General said it was important to prevent any attempts to promote homosexuality in Gambia and vowed that Gambia would not import other ‘Western vices’ in exchange for foreign aid.
Despite Gambia's impoverished economy, Jammeh has previously said Gambia would not accept aid that is conditional upon dictating human rights for LGBT people.
“We will therefore not accept any friendship, aid or any other gesture that is conditional on accepting homosexuals or LGBT as they are now baptised by the powers that promote them,” he said.
“As far as I am concerned, LGBT can only stand for leprosy, gonorrhoea, bacteria and tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence.”
Homosexuality is illegal in Gambia, punishable by up to 14-years imprisonment.