We’ve no policy on gays — Mutambara


BULAWAYO— Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-M) led by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara on Friday said it has no policy on gays and that it was up to the people to decide whether homosexuality should be included in the constitution.
MDC-M deputy national spokesperson, Nhlanhla Dube said his party would be guided by the people’s wishes in the constitutional-making process and would not give them instructions on how to write the supreme law.
“As a party we are guided by the people,” Dube said.
“It is them who should decide whether homosexuality issues should be included in the constitution or not.” Dube agreed however that Zimbabwean culture did not condone homosexuality. Recently, President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai castigated homosexuality when commemorating Women’s Day in Chitungwiza.
President Mugabe is on record condemning gays as “worse than pigs and dogs.” Various human rights groupings have advocated for homosexuality to be enshrined in the constitution, much to the chagrin of the Zanu PF leadership. Dube said his party was also advocating for the devolution of power, proportional representation and limited presidential terms.
“These three issues are not negotiable. Devolution of power will ensure that people in different parts of the country decide on all aspects of their welfare; be it political or economic,” Dube said.
Dube said MDC-M wanted presidential terms to be limited to two five-year terms.
“We don’t have an age limit for a president but a candidate has to be in a right frame of mind,” he said.