Hamisi Kigwangalla, Tanzania’s deputy health minister, on Saturday said the government will publish a list of homosexuals allegedly selling sex online.

The minister, like many politicians nowadays, took to Twitter to announce that the government was investigating “the homosexuality syndicate.”

Kigwangalla said those involved in the gay sex business would be arrested and prosecuted.

“I will publish a list of gay people selling their bodies online. Those who think this campaign is a joke are wrong. The government has long arms and it will arrest all those involved quietly,” he wrote.

“Once arrested they will help us find others.”

The Tanzanian government had on Thursday announced it was closing down several health centres that were providing AIDS-related services.

The AIDS clinics were accused of promoting homosexuality by providing services to homosexuals.

Several Tanzanian men suspected of being gay have been detained and taken to hospital for anal exams to confirm their homosexuality.

Homosexuality is punishable by 30 years to life imprisonment under Tanzanian law, but the ban does not apply to woman-t0-woman intercourse.

It is illegal in 38 African countries.

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