Hotel Boss Abandons Job in Zambia After Gay Union

Anthony (right) with his partner Markus

An Englishman living in Zambia has been forced to leave the country for good after details of his civil partnership in the UK generated a storm of controversy.

Andrew Anthony, who is still deputy manager at one of the country top hotels Southern Sun Ridgeway, entered into a civil partnership with his partner of 25 years, Markus Muller-Tenckhoff, on Saturday 29 June.

The ceremony was performed on the Isle of Wight and attended by approximately 70 guests from the UK and Germany, where Markus runs a Berlin-based city guide business.

But news of Mr Anthony’s civil partnership reached Zambia — where homosexuality remains a criminal offence. He was looking to return but now cannot.

Sentences of 14 years can be issued for those convicted of same-sex sexual activity under Zambia’s sodomy laws.