A MP in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has tabled a bill which would criminialise homosexuality in that nation.
“We would like the law to punish homosexuality, bestiality and necrophilia. Morally, homosexuality is a deviation, and spiritually, it is an abomination,” Ejiba Yamapiale, who is also a Pentecostal Bishop in Kinshasa, told AFP.
The bill proposes imprisonment and fines for homosexual conduct. The DRC is the 12th largest country in the world and, with a population of nearly 71 million people, is the fourth most populous nation in Africa.
“We have proposed this law to moralise our society. As Africans, we know that there is polygamy but there must not be men who sleep with other men, with animals or corpses,” Yamapiale said.
Homosexuality is currently legal in the DRC. The bill is expected to be debated by the National Assembly’s committee on society and culture.