Tanzania Says Ready to Lose UK Aid over Anti-gay Policies

    Tanzania “can do without U.K. aid” and is ready to end diplomatic ties with the donor country if the U.K. government pushes through with plans to impose aid sanctions on countries with tough anti-gay policies.

    This was announced by Tanzania Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Bernard Membe, who explained the U.K.’s demands are against his country’s laws and cultural traditions.

    U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has announced the United Kingdom is looking at reducing or cutting off aid to countries with tough anti-gay stances unless they reform their policies.

    “Tanzania will never accept Cameron’s proposal because we have our own moral values. Homosexuality is not part of our culture and we’ll never legalise it,” Membe said at Nov. 4 press conference in Dar es Salaam, as quoted by IPP Media.

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