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Homosexuals ‘to be barred from entering Namibia’

President Sam Nujoma on Thursday announced that the government would immediately deport homosexuals who try to enter the country. Speaking at the opening of an Agricultural Development Centre in the northern region, Nujoma expressed his disgust at the recent weddings of gay and lesbian couples in the Netherlands. He said such people would be barred from entering the country, the ‘Namibian’ newspaper reported. “If they arrive at the Hosea Kutako Airport, we’ll send them back with the same aircraft - if they are couples or found to be homosexuals. Definitely it’s against God’s will. It is the devil at work,” he said. He said he had seen footage of gay marriages in the Netherlands on television and even held up a copy of the ‘Namibian’ showing a photograph of two men kissing each other at the wedding ceremony in Amsterdam, where same-sex matrimony is recognised. He maintained that “the Constitution is being misinterpreted by colonialists who are confused. They are using the Constitution to protect homosexuals and lesbians in an irresponsible way ... In Namibia we don’t allow lesbianism or homosexuality ... We will combat this with vigour - we will make sure that Namibia will get rid of lesbianism and homosexuality.”

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