Ethiopia’s Family Minister Zenebu Tadesse has claimed that a series of pro-gay tweets that were sent from her Twitter account were the result of her account being hacked
27 February 2014 | By Andrew Potts
Family Minister Zenebu Tadesse
Ethiopian Minister for Women, Children and Youth Affairs has claimed that a series of pro-gay tweets sent from her Twitter account after Uganda further criminalized homosexuality were posted by a hacker.
‘There is no place for hate, discrimination in my beloved Africa. It’s not Government’s business to make dress code or anti-gay laws #Uganda,’ Tadesse’s Twitter account posted after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
Whoever was in control of the account posted a series of follow up tweets defending the original post the following day.
‘Yesterday’s tweet is not about gay rights, it is against hate and discrimination. We must care for one another. That is our first priority,’ the account tweeted.
‘We shall not encourage hate and discrimination.’
‘We fight sexual exploitation rather than orientation.’
However Tadesse’s staff posted a message to Twitter claiming that the account had been hacked by unknown persons who had sent the tweets 8 hours later after the Ethiopian Government issued a public statement distancing itself from the tweets.
Her account has now been deleted.
Of the countries surveyed in the 2007 Pew Global Attitudes Project, Ethiopia was found to be the second most anti-gay with 97% of the Ethiopians surveyed saying homosexuality should never be accepted.
Homosexuality punishes both male and female same-sex sexual activity with between 1 and 15 years imprisonment.
LGBTI people living in Ethiopia have no rights or protections relating to their identity.