MUTARE — President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday took a swipe at homosexuality vowing to continue criminalising the practice and dismissed demands that it should be treated as a human rights issue.
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Mugabe also threatened to behead homosexuals in the country and promised to uplift the status of women whom he said had a big national duty to perform whenever they deliver babies.
Mugabe, who was addressing a rally at Aerodrome ground, told thousands of Zanu PF supporters that Zimbabwe would never accept homosexuality under whatever condition.
He described homosexuals as “worse than pigs, goats and birds”.
“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 said emphasising that he would ruthlessly deal with homosexuality.
Mugabe accused some African countries who accepted the practice by succumbing to European countries in exchange for aid.
“We need continuity of our culture. This culture comes from the norm that women carry pregnancies for nine months. If there is anyone who disputes that, he should lift up his hands to say no I fell from heaven,” Mugabe said.
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“This thing (homosexuality) seeks to destroy our lineage by saying John and John should wed, Maria and Maria should wed. Imagine this son born out of an African father, (US President Barrack) Obama says if you want aid, you should accept the homosexuality practice. Aah, we will never do that.”
He said the bone of contention between him and European countries emanated from his refusal to accept homosexuality and his vehement stance that it was not a human right.
The veteran Zanu PF leader said his declaration that homosexuals are worse than pigs had attracted international hatred, but said he would not be deterred.