Tanzania forms surveillance squad to identify gays on social media and arrest them

Tanzanian authorities have reportedly formed a surveillance squad whose job will be to identify gays on social media and arrest them.

A BBC report quoted regional commissioner for the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, Paul Makonda, as saying that the 17-member team would include state officials from the Tanzania Communications Authority, the police and media practitioners.

The team’s main objective would be to monitor social media platforms to find people who engage in same sex relationships.

Makonda urged citizens to delete any nude pictures from their phones, warning that strict measures would be taken against pornography, said the report.

This came just a day after Makonda urged citizens to begin reporting homosexuals for round-ups to begin next week, according to AFP.