"I am assured of a disease-free relationship because a sex doll will not cheat on me.
They are not materialistic and will forever remain faithful." "Government is now violating our privacy as citizens," he said.
The refugees and asylum-seekers are escaping inter-ethnic clashes, as well as fighting between Congolese security forces and militia groups.
Those arriving in Zambia report extreme brutality, with civilians being killed, women raped, property looted and houses set alight.
"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." 'A lifeless object' The minister said the ban was necessary after media reports emerged of sex dolls being imported into Zambia, apparently from Asia. In recent months, Zambia's independent and semi-official press have devoted many column inches to reports of sex shops popping up around the capital Lusaka selling sex dolls, as well as chronicling the backlash.
"God created man and woman for sexual satisfaction -- but for a man or woman to use a lifeless object is immoral," Sumaili said. Let us just believe in what we are." 'Help combat AIDS' The manufacture of sex dolls has become increasingly sophisticated, with China developing custom-made "smart" dolls that can talk, play music and turn on dishwashers.
Lusaka resident, Jane Kaluba, 25, told AFP that sex dolls were a test of how best to balance morality with individual rights.
"I don't support the use of sex dolls but I still feel that one should be free to choose what one wants," she said.
"The argument that the Bible does not allow the use of any objects is wrong," said PEP party chief Sean Tembo.The lack of roads and the long distances at the areas from where they are fleeing make it difficult to monitor the situation and provide them with assistance.With the rainy season approaching, UNHCR warns that the humanitarian needs of those displaced could intensify on both sides of the border.Lusaka - No one sells them openly, no one admits to owning one, and no one has been arrested -- but Zambia is waging a fierce campaign against sex dolls.The government launched the crackdown on the sex toys last month, threatening offenders with heavy jail terms over the dolls which, it says, are "very unnatural".Sex dolls' inventors say they can cure loneliness and help elderly men who lack female companionship.In Zambia, the dolls made of silicone were reportedly in a variety of shapes and shades, but an AFP reporter failed to find any shops selling them.They are mainly from the DRC provinces of Haut-Katanga and Tanganyika.Many were already displaced internally before they crossed the border.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 state-owned Zambia Daily Mail reported Sumaili's campaign under the headline "No toying with sex dolls", and later ran a feature on how the policy was a constant talking point on public minibuses."I would order a sex doll without hesitation," the newspaper quoted one unidentified male passenger as saying.This is the largest influx of Congolese refugees into Zambia in the past five years.