Gambian president Yahya Jammeh was speaking in the town of Basse in the west African country when he made his comments, related to the idea that gays and lesbians are seeking more tolerant pastures.
"Some people go to the west and claim they are gays and that their lives are at risk in The Gambia, in order for them to be granted a stay in Europe," Jammeh
said, according to the APA
"If I catch them I will kill them."
In that same speech, Jammeh
also said that the British at least are skeptical of these claims and have begun conducting tests on travelers from the Gambia to confirm their sexual orientation.
In the same speech, Jammeh
said, "We will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively."
is, of course, not alone among African leaders in holding contemptible views towards homosexuality, though his
are among the most outwardly abhorrent.