SA icon, Somizi, reveals he was banned from Zambia for being gay

SA icon, Somizi, reveals he was banned from Zambia for being gay

Somizi Mhlongo is known for being very open about his sexuality and that's perhaps why he was banned from going to Zambia for an event called the Lusaka July. He would have spoken about the problems gay people face.

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ZAlebs reports that local celeb and entertainer, Somizi Mhlongo, has slammed Reverend Godfridah Sumaili, Zambia's Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, for not defending what he preaches.

This comes after Somizi was invited by PR Girl Media to attend an event called Lusaka July to speak about being gay.

However, he was banned from attending the event; apparently, the minister feared Somizi's presence would "dilute" the Zambian citizens' Christian values.

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A report by News Diggers quoted Somizi:

"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."

Briefly.co.za gathered that the entertainer does feel bad about the struggles that Zambians have to face.

"I did not even know they had issues with people that are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQI). When I realised that I felt so bad for the LGBTQI living in that country."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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