They were reacting to a recent incident in which the police in Mwanza region arrested two Tanzania women after a video circulated on social media showing them kissing and hugging each other after exchanging marriage rings.
“Families forget to fulfill their parenting obligation and leave their children to be guided by social networks,” they said.
A psychologist from the Institute of Social Work (ISW) Zainabu Rashid explained that among major causes of homosexuality in the country was globalization which, she said, has led to the development of technology use amongst youths who, in turn, copied their bahaviour.
She said as a result many people were free to attach and post any pictures or videos of their interest, which attracted people to watch what they see on different social networks.
“Psychologically this phenomenon is inculcated in the person who watches something for a long time or hears, and gets a chance to do it,” she said.
She also pointed out that psychologically anything a person likes to watch several times makes him/her want to practice it.
According to her, the other reason for the increase in the problem was that most parents were not accountable to their families.
“There are times when children lose direction due to the absence of parental care and guidance. Most of such children end up following their emotions,” she added.
Assistant Bishop in the Eastern and Coast Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) Rev Chediel Lwiza told the Guardian that homosexual issues become public because people have no fear of God and ignore the marriage programme that God has set.
“It is sad to see a human being doing something that even animals cannot do,” Rev. Lwiza said with disappointment.
According to him, others get into homosexual behaviour because they have been given money.
The cleric said families forget to fulfill their duty to their children.
“If they did fulfill their responsibility these shameful tendencies happening today would not be there,” he added.
“There is a big problem with parents. Religious leaders are doing their job perfectly, but the challenge remains with parents the majority of who do not have time with their children” Rev Lwiza noted.
He pointed out that parents should be able to know what their children are doing and know what they are learning from these networks.
“It is important that parents know how to nurture their children. If they are left without parental guidance, children will take the existing guidelines in the social networks and practice what they see,” he said.
For his part, Dar es Salaam regional sheikh Alhaj Mussa Salum told the Guardian that homosexuality was a great curse to the country.
“In religion, the first major sin is superstition and the following one is homosexuality,” the cleric explained.
The sheikh said that joint efforts were required to save the nation from the scourge because the souls of human beings were in danger of being lost.
Alhaj Musa warned against the use of social networks because they were a major catalyst to homosexuality.
Two weeks ago, police in Mwanza region arrested two women after a video went viral on social media showing the women kissing and hugging.
Homosexuality is a criminal offence in Tanzania where conviction for having “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” can carry a life sentence.
President John Magufuli’s government has stepped up crackdown against homosexuality and threatened in June to arrest and expel activists as well as deregister any non-governmental organization that campaigned for gay rights.