Burundi’s President Ndayishimiye hits out over gay rights and aid


Burundi’s President Évariste Ndayishimiye has said that homosexuals in his country “should be stoned”. Responding to a reporter’s question, Mr Ndayishimiye, a fervent Catholic, said powerful nations “should keep” their aid if it comes with an obligation to give rights to homosexuals. Some African leaders have in the past accused donor countries of trying to impose their values on the continent. Homosexual sex is illegal in Burundi, punishable by up to two years in jail. In an interview with the BBC last month, Ghanaian Catholic Cardinal Peter Turkson said homosexuality should not be a criminal offence and people should be helped to understand the issue better. But his views are at odds with many conservative Christians on the continent. More than 30 African countries outlaw homosexual sex.

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