UDP is not in support of homosexuality practice in the Gambia– Party Leader
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The UDP leader Ousainu Darboe has make known that his party is against the legitimization of anti-homosexuality laws in The Gambia.
“Homosexuality cannot be decriminalised in this country. UDP will be among those who will fight against it. No matter what. We will not accept that law and whosoever advocates for it we will fight you with our tongues to ensure that you don’t succeed,” Darboe told UDP online Bantaba TV over the weekend.
The discussion over the issue of homosexuality and the rights of LGBT persons have leads to all sorts of condemnation from Gambians following attempts by the EU representative to promote LGBT rights in The Gambia.
The UDP leader, a well known lawyer, added: “If you want to help us based on these issues, then you are not helping us, you want to enslave us. But the UDP will not take support from somebody because you want to promote homosexuality. That will not happen in this country.
“Those who are saying I once advocated for the repealing of anti-gay laws – is it that they have not listened to Almami Taal’s comments or my koriteh message? Those who know me know very well that I don’t condone ungodly things.”
Mr Darboe said the duty is on the government whether to decline or accept the NHRC recommendations for the protection of gay rights.
“But I don’t think there will be any government in this country that will take that. This is a religious country comprised of Muslims and Christians. We will not accept that act of dogs in this country. It is anti-God,” he added.
Darboe, nonetheless, welcomed the NHRC recommendation for the criminalisation of torture.
“Obviously torture should not happen anywhere and whosoever tortured people whether privately or as an agent of the state should be prosecuted. In this modern age, torture doesn’t have space in this country. Government has the right to arrest people and investigate them but they do not have the right to torture anyone,” he concluded.