A Congressman campaigns against homosexuality
By Giselle Mfuyi, US Africa News. Updated 2014-04-12
Kinshasa National deputy Steve Mbikayi, initiator of a bill on the prohibition of homosexuality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has intensified his campaign against all forms of homosexual practice (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender). He has besieged television and radio stations and supermarkets, and on Thursday, February 20, 2014 turned up at the University of Kinshasa (Unikin) to "enlist the maximum of Congolese for the triumph of his project.” Students, teachers, civil activists, political actors, anthropologists, sociologists, lawyers, etc. have coldly received the proposed law, which was filed in the National Assembly by the Member in December 2013.
Mbikayi, who is President of the Labour Party (PT), and member of the coalition close to opposition leader Vital Kamerhe, calls for the criminalization of marriage between two persons of the same sex, and the sentence of 12 years imprisonment for any person guilty of a homosexual act. "This behavior of Western leaders who are mostly followers of Freemasonry tends to make our world a new version of Sodom and Gomorrah!" he exclaimed. He added that yesterday, it was recognition of homosexuals, today, sleeping with one’s own children, and tomorrow the official marriage with animals, because zoophilia already tends to be tolerated among whites. "I will fight to the end,” he promised. “Without meaning offense to who think otherwise, they are cleverly employing convoluted arguments without legal basis or moral logic!"
The representative’s uncompromising position has gained approbation from the public, encouraging him to persevere in the name of preservation of Congolese cultural values and repulsing all shameless practices imported from the West.
When questioned about this issue which is engaging Congolese opinion, National MP Henri-Thomas Lokondo, Member of the Presidential Majority, responded that the debate is ill-timed. "This proposed legislation has not even been discussed in Parliament. I do not see the interest in dwelling on it as yet. Obviously I am against this practice. That's it! Those who are for it are for it, I am against..." he said.However, he feels those who engage in homosexual practices are already 'marginalized', because the vast majority of the Congolese people will not accept them.
New Civil Society in the Congo (NSCC) Coordinator Jonas Tshiombela, for his part, declared that community movements are already aware of the maneuvers of a foreign organization that has funnelled more than one million U.S. dollars to influence certain organizations to advocate for sexual freedoms contrary to Congolese mores. "This law must come because they want to inculcate us with these other habits. We are not going to accede to this. It is not in our way of life. We already have many problems to solve... »