“We cancelled the press conference. We are not going to announce the names of (LGBTs) who publicly market themselves for technical reasons,” Deputy health minister Hamisi Kigwangalla wrote on Twitter.
“For strategic reasons and to avoid destroying evidence we will deal with this issue differently and will keep you informed at every step.”
Kigwangalla also said that releasing the names would be akin to “freeing a devil in a bottle.”
Kigwangalla’s threat to publish such a list came just days after the government announced it was stopping many privately run health centres from providing AIDS-related services, which Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said promoted homosexuality.
The United States criticised a move which “could impact US government funded programs and impede progress made over the past several years in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Tanzania.