April 18, 2014 | by Michael K. Lavers
Zimbabwe president threatens to expel pro-LGBT diplomats

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (Photo public domain)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Friday threatened to expel foreign diplomats who promote LGBT rights from his country.

“We did not fight for this Zimbabwe so it can be a homosexual territory,” said Mugabe in a speech that marked his country’s independence from the U.K. in 1980 as the New Zimbabwe newspaper reported. “We will never have that here and if there are any diplomats who will talk of any homosexuality, just tell me. We will kick them out of the country without any excuse. We won’t even listen.”

New Zimbabwe noted Mugabe also said his country will resist efforts to decriminalize homosexuality. The website reported the Zimbabwean president also referred to the U.S. and other Western countries that blasted Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for signing a bill into law in February that imposes a life sentence upon anyone found guilty of repeated same-sex sexual acts.

The White House cut foreign aid to Uganda after Museveni signed the measure into law. The World Bank also postponed a $90 million loan to the Ugandan government that would have bolstered the East African country’s health care system.

“They say they want you to believe that if a man gets another man and they have a homosexual relationship, they have human rights to do so,” said Mugabe as New Zimbabwe reported. “That act is inhuman. It’s not human and human rights cannot derive from acts which are inhuman. That does not exist in jurisprudence.”

Mugabe’s comments come less than a month after he described homosexuality as “inhuman” during an event in Harare, the country’s capital, that commemorated International Women’s Day.

The Zimbabwean president has repeatedly faced criticism from LGBT rights advocates and others over his anti-gay rhetoric.

Mugabe told supporters last July ahead of his country’s presidential election that authorities should arrest gays and lesbians who don’t conceive children. The Zimbabwean president during the same event criticized President Obama over his support of marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Mugabe described gays and lesbians who took part in a Harare book fair in 1995 as “dogs and pigs.” He reportedly said during a speech at a teacher’s college in the city of Masvingo last June that gay men and lesbians should “rot in jail.”

The State Department in August 2012 criticized the Zimbabwean government after police arrested more than 40 members of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, a local LGBT advocacy group, inside their Harare office. Authorities confiscated computers and pamphlets from the organization a few days before the arrests.

Zimbabwean police reportedly stopped a Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe workshop last month.

“The United States remains committed to the people of Zimbabwe,” said Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday in a statement that marked Zimbabwean Independence Day. “We will continue to support all Zimbabweans as you seek a more democratic, prosperous and healthy future.”

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

5 Comments
  • I stand fully behind President Mugabe, he's right the act of homosexuality, is inhuman, and unnatural, the same sex cannot reproduce, therefore its not designed by nature to do so. I also support President Mugabe reasoning, who are we to tell them, since there independent, what they can and can't do!
    THANK GOD ZIMBABWE STILL IS HOLDING ON TO FAMILY MORAL AND ETHICS!

    • Oh, brave “Anonymous”, you’ll join Mugabe on history’s ash-heap then. [And don't think you'll get into heaven w/ bigotry like that, either!]

      Thank God I’m Gay! Just the way God made me!

  • President Mugabe and his thugs are on the wrong side of History just as HItler was and the former apartheid of South Africa and the Southern United States was. Thankfully, Germany , South Africa, the Southeastern US and other countries have realized the errors of their former ways and have reformed. Zimbawe and the most of the rest of African Nations also need to do the same.

    People are born they way they are and they are not made. I would assume upon President Mugabe’s logic that he should be persecuted for being a black man simply because of the color of his skin–which according to Nazi propaganda he is an inferior creature and not of the super race. This is the way of his thinking about gay people also. So how does he feel then being denegrated to being less than human himself?

    If he is Christian—he is not beholden to Jewish Laws of Purity and Christ said nothing about gay people —instead he said of all people—love your neighbor and of the woman who was going to be stoned to death for adultery—go sin no more. So why the hell is he being a bigot and not accepting the scientific fact that people are born the way the way God made them. Who the hell is he to question God–as the book of Isaiah says—your ways are not my ways and your thoughts are not my thoughts.

  • thank God Zimbabwe we have such a leader to hel with gays were in biblical history you see man maring man its ihuman. Mr Obama I know you are wise but you are acting unwise by preaching gay right as democracy.

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