Gay Activist still locked-up

Police in Lusaka, the Zambian capital have detained a Human Rights Activist Paul Kasonkomona who was arrested last night after appearing on a Television show hosted by Muvi, a private owned Television.

Kasonkomona has been formally arrested and charged for inciting the public to take part in an indecent activity contrary to the Zambian laws.

The Assistant Police Chief Solomon Jere has confirmed in Lusaka stating that the Activist is still in Police custody and will appear in court soon when all the documentations are in place.

Kasonkomona during a prominent Talk Show Television programme called Assignment on Sunday night called on respective government wings to harmonise their obligations in dealing with gay rights. He explained that gay rights needs to be respected as they are like any other form of human rights.

But Plain clothed Police officers stormed the Television station studios just after the programme and picked the Activist. The officers according to Muvi Television were acting on instruction from high command.

Gay right issue has been so controversial in Zambia and became a campaign issue during the run-up to the country’s polls in 2011. The current leader, Michael Sata was accused of having promised that he will respect the rights of gays.

Last week on Easter weekend four men from outside Zambia attempted to register marriages to four local men but the move was stopped by the Marriage Registrar. The government later issued a statement ordering the arrest of the couples.