“We Are A Christian Country” – Zambia Affirms And Bans Sex Dolls

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The government launched the crackdown on the intimacy gadgets last month, threatening offenders with heavy jail terms over the dolls which, it says, are “very unnatural”.

The action has propelled the issue of sex dolls to the top of the news agenda and made them a hot topic of conversation and debate on social media, dividing opinion in the largely conservative southern Africancountry.

“Being a Christian nation, obviously we are anchored in Christian principles and one of the values is morality and ethics,” Minister of National Guidance and Religious
Affairs Godfridah Sumaili told AFP. Selling or using a sex doll is against Zambian law, she said, vowing to ensure they are not bought on the internet and imported.

“The use of sex dolls is definitely in contradiction to our natural heritage and our principles,” Sumaili added.

“The law actually forbids anybody to trade (in) and to use such objects — and so this is why we are saying for Zambians that this is a very unnatural thing.”

The minister said the ban was necessary after media reports emerged of sex dolls being imported into Zambia, apparently from Asia.
Police are investigating, she added. “God created man and woman for sexual satisfaction — but for a man or woman to use a lifeless object is immoral,” Sumaili said.

“Let’s not import foreign beliefs and experiences. Let us just believe in what we are.

In a related development, Zambia`s opposition politician Sean Tembo, who is the founder and Leader of Zambia`s Patriots for Economic (PEP) party has condemned the government`s ban on sex dolls stating that the ban is a violation of rights to other people who feel like the sex dolls are good for them.

According to the BBC Africa Live page, Tembo was responding to the country`s Minister for National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumahili, who previously said that the government of Zambia will not sit back for society to be threatened by destructive addiction to these sex toys.

“What the Honourable Minister of Religious Affairs is trying to do by wrongly threatening those that wish to purchase sex dolls, is that she is trying to impose her personal values on the rest of our citizens, which is a violation of both the bible and our republican constitution, which encourages and protects an individual’s right to exercise free will, “Tembo said.

“It must be noted that salvation is an individual choice and must not be imposed by the state,” he added.

Previously, police in Zambia warned that they will arrest any one found in possession of sex dolls as keeping such materials is an offence in Zambian Laws.

The arrival of sex robots has divided opinions. Sex dolls Inventors argue they can potentially replace prostitutes, reduce sex trafficking and help lonely people, while critics say they objectify women and normalize sexism and rape culture.

However, Roboticists continue to develop these robots, some of which talk and respond to touch through AI technology.

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Source: Naija