President Robert Mugabe has threatened to deal with the Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe saying he was not aware that there was such an organisation in the country.
“I understand muno mune chigroup chehomesexuality. Handina kunge ndachiziva ndakaudzwa marimwezuro kuti kune chigroup ichocho saka tinoda kuchiwona kuti ndivanani varimo,” he said, meaning he understood that there was an association of homosexuals and he had only been informed about it two days before so he would like to know who is in that group.
GALZ was reportedly formed in 1989 and won a court victory last week after a magistrate threw out a case in which the chair of GALZ Martha Tholanah had been taken to court for running an unregistered organisation.
Speaking at his daughter Bona’s wedding on Saturday Mugabe backed Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for passing an anti-gay law in his country arguing that marrying a man with a man could not be considered a human right.
“They want to tell us for example that it’s a violation of human rights, ndozvirikuitwa Museveni iye zvinoizvi, for you, for us to refuse man to man interaction, kuti murume nemurume vachate. Mukaramba izvozvo you are breaching human rights,” he was quoted by The Herald as saying.
“But which of these is a breach of human rights? Kubvuma kuti murume nemurume vachate kuchengeta human rights ikoko? Hakusi kutyora human rights? The human right you have as a man is to marry another woman not to get another man to marry.
“Ndozvatinoramba izvozvo. Zvonzi makarambirei izvozvo we won’t give you aid. Ndozvakaitwa Musevenika akaita law in Uganda just now to punish those who want to take other men as their what . . . I can’t say wives because a wife must a woman. In the Bible there is no wife who is described as a man. Husbands are husbands and wives are wives,” he said.