A screenshot circulating on social media suggests that the head of state commented about the decriminalization of homosexuality in Cameroon.
Contrary to what this screenshot suggests, the president did not advocate for the decriminalization of homosexuality in Cameroon. This is indeed a fake account, not that of President Paul Biya. ‘It is an edited image. The process is simple: you take a screenshot of a page and then add whatever content you want with a photo editing software,” explained a webmaster.
Moreover, fake tweets on the same subject are also attributed to Maurice Kamto, leader of the Mouvement pour la Renaissance du Cameroun (MRC), and Cabral Libii, president of the Parti Camerounais pour la Réconciliation Nationale (PCRN) and deputy in the National Assembly. The two men, who came second and third respectively in the October 2018 presidential election, formally denied being the origin of these tweets.
These screenshots appear as Gabonese deputies voted on 23 June to decriminalize homosexuality. In Cameroon, sexual relations between people of the same sex are punishable by law.