Somizi Mhlongo has been banned from visiting Zambia by their National Guidance and Religious Affairs Minister Reverend Godfridah Sumaili because he is gay.
The South African media personality was expected in Lusaka, following an invitation by PR Girl Media, but couldn’t honour the invitation because of the ban.
According to Reverend Sumaili, inviting a gay person to the country would corrupt the morals of its citizens because it is a ‘Christian nation.’
Somizi who reacted to this claim, stated that it is unfortunate that Zambian National Guidance and Religious Affairs Minister Reverend Godfridah Sumaili, preaches acceptance and love, but does the opposite. Read his post below.
“First of all I was invited to some event in Zambia, I think so, when I heard I was not allowed or banned from the country I rolled my eyes because I never at any point intended to visit Zambia in the first place, I did not even know they had issues with people that are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQI). When I realized that I felt so bad for the LGBTQI living in that country,” Somizi said.
“And I might not want to set my foot in that country any way! Because I was born in a country where my constitution gives me the right to live a free life regardless of my colour creed or sexual orientation. And for the minister to think my coming will make her people more gayer than they are is absurd! Oppressing people for the sexual orientation won’t change them! It’s like a racist thinking that oppressing of black people will make them less black. They were born that way. It’s such a shame actually especially coming from a so called self righteous minister of religious whatever! When they are supposed to preach love and acceptance, they act the opposite,” said Somizi, who also sent some love to his Zambian fans.
“To my fans that side, I say thank you for the love. I love you. They must know that one day they will all be free and they will be welcomed in my country as they are and this doesn’t change how I feel about your country, its a beautiful country with beautiful people, I refuse to let one opinion of me change how I feel and respect the people of Zambia.”