Gambia Foreign Minister: Gays are satanic & detrimental to human existence

Gambia’s Foreign Minister Minster Bala Garba Jahumpa (Pic: US Mission Geneva / Eric Bridiers)

Gambia’s Foreign Minister Minster Bala Garba Jahumpa (Pic: US Mission Geneva / Eric Bridiers)

In an extraordinary diatribe, Gambia’s Foreign Minister has told the West that the country will not negotiate on the issue of LGBT equality, insisting that gay people are un-African and satanic.

According to Gambia Affairs, Minster Bala Garba Jahumpa read out an official statement on the subject on prime time television on Saturday night.

“We the government and people of The Gambia hereby make it very clear to the Union European and any outside bloc that wants to impose acceptance of homosexuals as a pre-condition for aid that we will never accept that conditionality no matter how much aid is involved,” he said.

“As from today, we are no longer going to entertain any dialogue on the issue with the European Union or any other foreign power for that matter.”

Jahumpa went on to state: “As an independent Muslim country, we will not be tied to any bloc that promotes decadence and ungodly behaviour that are not only Satanic, but they are also detrimental to human existence, such as homosexuality; especially when it is used as a pre-condition for receiving aid. In fact, homosexuality has no place in our African heritage more so our Islamic values.”

He further said that Gambia will not play a part in or interact with any international body or organisation, including the European Union, that allows “continuous racist exploitation and humiliation and the looting of the African continent in particular and the black race in general.”

“Why can’t we Africans and our leaders understand this situation; as Gambians in particular and blacks in general; we will defend our Islamic religion; we will defend our independence, dignity and black race at any price. We will never be any white man’s punch bag again,” Jahumpa said.

Human rights groups have slammed Gambia for recently enacting a new anti-gay law that creates the crime of “aggravated homosexuality,” which carries punishment of up to life in prison.

Gambia’s President Jammeh has previously equated LGBT people to vermin and malaria-causing mosquitoes, said that homosexuality was amongst the biggest threats facing the world, and even threatened to decapitate gays and lesbians.

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