Zambia will not make laws to recognise homosexuality in order to get money from Britain, government spokesperson Lubinda has said.
British Prime Minister David Cameron this week said Britain will consider withholding aid to countries that do not recognise gay rights, after leaders of the 54-nation Commonwealth meeting in Australia failed to adopt reforms on homosexuality.
But British High Commissioner to Zambia Tom Carter clarified that the statement issued by the prime-minister does not apply to Zambia for now.
He told radio Phoenix Thursday morning that the UK sees it as its responsibility to protect people of all sexual orientations but that the statement made in Australia was not directed at Zambia.
‘He was not talking about Zambia in that case. I cannot talk about other countries. I am here in Zambia and we are very, very happy the way things are going here’, said Carter.
Zambia’s chief government spokesperson Given Lubinda said the southern African nation would only enact laws supported by its citizens and in line with their culture.
“David Cameron must be reminded of what we agreed when we met in Paris for the Paris Declaration. Cameron was there, I was there,” said Mr Lubinda, an opposition parliamentarian at the time the Paris Declaration was penned.
He added: “When we met in Ghana, we came up with the Accra Agenda for Action and both those declarations are that no country will use its aid to influence the policies of an aid receiving country.”
He said Zambia was a sovereign state and would make independent decisions on which laws to enact.
“It is wrong for Mr Cameron to try and use aid as a way of influencing policies and laws of Zambia or any other country for that matter,” said Mr Lubinda, the country’s Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Tourism.
“Zambia will not be pressured to formulate laws or policies by any foreign government,” Mr Lubinda told Lusaka-based Hot FM Radio
Earlier, Prime Minister Cameron told the BBC: “We want to see countries that receive our aid adhere to proper human rights, and that includes how people treat gay and lesbian people.”