Mugabe threatens violence against LGBT Africans

By Randy Gener:

During a recent election rally, Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, launched a verbal attack against U.S. President Barack Obama, and against African homosexuals in general.

At a July 23 rally at the Aerodome Grounds in Mutare, Mugabe described LGBT people as “worse than pigs, goats and birds.” The African president then argued that Obama is forcing Africa to “embrace homosexuality.”

President Mugabe

President Mugabe

“We have this American president, Obama, born of an African father, who is saying we will not give you aid if you don’t embrace homosexuality,” Mugabe was quoted in Zimbabwean newspaper The Herald. “We ask, was he born out of homosexuality? We need continuity in our race, and that comes from the woman, and no to homosexuality. John and John, no; Maria and Maria, no.”

At the rally, Mugabe, speaking in Shona one of 16 official languages in Zimbabwe, threatened to behead homosexuals.

“If you take men and lock them in a house for five years and tell them to come up with two children and they fail to do that, then we will chop off their heads,” Mugabe was quoted in NewsDay, an independent Zimbabwean outlet. “This thing (homosexuality) seeks to destroy our lineage by saying John and John should wed, Maria and Maria should wed. Obama says if you want aid, you should accept the homosexuality practice. We will never do that.”

President Mugabe’s anti-LGBT comments are not new. The African leader has an extensive history of violent and homophobic statements.  He has previously labelled gay people “worse than pigs and dogs” and threatened them with severe punishment. In the past, he has called tolerance for gay rights “unnatural” and “filth.”

Mugabe ran on a platform that assured “hell for gays” promising to introduce laws that would make LGBT individuals rot in jail for life, should his party win.

Mugabe also accused other African countries of becoming more tolerant of homosexuality because they have become reliant on European countries for aid and support.

The 89-year-old Mugabe has led Zimbabwe since 1980. This election is the country’s first presidential vote since a violence-ridden 2008 election that was met with international outcry. Mugabe was forced to accept a power-sharing arrangement with one of his rivals, though he has appeared to largely maintain power.

The Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) have lodged complaints. In a letter sent to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission on July 24, GALZ said its members are concerned by Mugabe’s “continued use of hate speech,” which they say violates their constitutional rights and freedoms.

“The Party president has made statements that encourage violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Zimbabwe,” the GALZ letter said. “In a number of instances, the President made statements that are an indication of state-sponsored homophobia of alarming levels.”

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Comments

  1. ron mat says:

    these gay people should actually be shot . all of them

  2. Dickson says:

    Mugabe’s Gay stand is principled and God send. Pasi nengochani. bhora mugedhi. They can go to countries they are tolerated, otherwise very soon MDC will be supporting prostitution, Murder, robery as human rights.

    • Lil Tyler says:

      Old Man go back to sleep this is 2013 Get out of that country I am not Gay, but they have a right to live too.. Dickinson. no such truth. he is already encouraging a lot of bad things there for years, corruption, starvation, no jobs etc. leave the people to lead their lives. God made them that way

  3. What a load of old S**t. Mugabe I look forward to the day I can urinate on your grave!!!!

    • The Black Aristocrat says:

      ‘Mugabe I look forward to the day I can urinate on your grave!!!!’

      Join the queue, it starts in Harare and already stretches past Bulawayo!

    • Tinashe says:

      Dave u gay tough like dog infact u worse than a dog not to mention a pig

  4. Robert Encila says:

    Ron Mat and Mark are both gay. They just don’t know it yet.

  5. zephaniah says:

    I can give credit to him for that.under his rule,no filthy things will happen in zimbabwe.he is not as black as hes painted

  6. samson says:

    Mi hop dat afta de election they won’t be any violence. May God hear our prayer

  7. The Electorate says:

    I guess we should also not have courts of law, police and jails as everyone will be accountable to God @Sibanda Tinos Chada. The issue is we should not condone bad behaviour and habits let alone constitutionalise them

  8. kennedy msana says:

    we hope and pray for change. we have played our part.

  9. zephaniah says:

    The pope is not God.he is one of the evil forces contending against the creator

  10. zephaniah says:

    The pope is one of them trying to remain neutral and let the people fight his battles

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