Lusaka ~ Mon, 2 Aug 2021 UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema, also known as HH, aims to turn around the historically negative attitude toward the Zambian LGBT community. Currently, Zambia’s legal standing on same-sex relationships and orientation is antiquated and deeply rooted in the laws and beliefs from the bygone time when the country was still a colony of British rule. The country’s laws, in terms of homosexuality, have remained basically the same, with same-sex relationships falling under the country’s sodomy laws which deem it a crime punishable by as much as 14 years in prison. The country’s penal code also classifies an attempt to practice homosexuality as committing “unnatural offenses”, which carries a 7-year prison sentence, and any “acts of gross indecency” between a person of male gender are punishable by up to 5 years.

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