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The head of the women's wing of Tanzania's ruling party today called for the castration of male homosexuals during celebrations marking two years since the inauguration of Samia Suluhu Hassan, the country's first female president, BTA reported.

"We want the government to introduce strict penalties for crimes related to same-sex activities. Such people should be castrated if found guilty," said Mary Chatanda, head of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi party's women's wing.

Hasan has not commented on Chatanda's appeal.

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Homosexual relations are prohibited in the East African country, and conviction for such an offense carries a long prison term.

Homosexual rights are increasingly threatened in the region.

Uganda's parliament is currently debating the reintroduction of a law banning homosexual relations.

In Kenya, President William Ruto recently criticized a ruling by the country's supreme court that was seen as favorable to the country's homosexual community.

Ruto said he respected the court's decision, but added that homosexuality remained unacceptable in Kenya.



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