Gays will be severely punished, says President Mugabe
PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday said homosexuals and lesbians will be punished severely for their behaviour which is inconsistent with African and Christian values.
He made the remarks at the launch of the Tongogara Community Share Ownership Tru-st at Unki Mine.
Zimbabweans told Copac during the outreach programme that they want homosexuality outlawed.
Said the President: “Do not get tempted into that (homosexuality). You are young people. Mukaenda ikoko we will punish you severely.”
He took a swipe at recent utterances by British Prime Minister David Cameron that London will not aid countries that do not respect gay rights.
Mr Cameron said his government had engaged a number of African countries to influence them to embrace the practice.
“It becomes worse and Satanic when you get a Prime Minister like Cameron saying countries that want British aid should accept homosexuality.
“To come with that diabolical suggestion to our people is a stupid offer,” President Mugabe said.
He added: “Chambopinda mumisoro yevarungu chii? Kuti vari kutadza zvinoitwa nenhunzi nemapete ese? Izvi hazvipo patsika dzedu kana yechiKristo.
“It is condemned by nature. It is condemned by insects and that is why I have said they are worse than pigs and dogs.”
The President said it was impossible for John to marry Jack or Maria to marry Theresa.
But Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who married this week, is on record advocating the protection of gays and lesbians’ rights in the constitution.
The remarks have resulted in Zimbabweans condemning him for trying to promote European values.
There are also efforts by an MDC-T team in Copac to smuggle gay rights into the new constitution disguised as minority rights.
Last week, Copac failed to agree on the matter and it was referred to President Mugabe and PM Tsvangirai for intervention.
Mugabe had no opinion on what divine punishments might be in order for dictators, thieves, oppressors, and mass murderers.