Govt clamps down on gays

GOVERNMENT has reportedly clamped down on foreign gays and lesbians attending the International Conference on Aids and STI’s in Africa (ICASA) in Harare and seized their workshop material at Harare International Airport, NewsDay has learnt.

BY OBEY MANAYITI/PHYLLIS MBANJE

This came as suspected State security agents yesterday pulled down an exhibition stand mounted by the group to display and house its members and sex workers at the conference venue.

The exhibitors were later allowed to display their wares, following massive protests and lobbying by local and international human rights groups.

Addressing a pre-conference workshop for key people, Kene Esom, the executive director of African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), said the confiscation of most of their material by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) had disrupted the group’s programmes.

“The material is still held because the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority is still conducting an assessment on them. The challenge is that we have attended many conferences of this nature and we have never been required to pay duty on such conference material, especially when you had bid to host the conference,” Esom said.

“As you can see, it has impacted on the quality of the pre-conference because we have agenda material and information material for interaction, which we haven’t gotten.”

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Esom said when Zimbabwe won the bid to host the conference, his organisation made an effort to lobby Health and Tourism ministers, as well as the National Aids Council (NAC), among other stakeholders, to guarantee the non-discrimination of key populations such as transgender people.

He also disclosed that their exhibition stand was temporarily ransacked and pulled down, after State security agents felt offended by some of the material on display.

Esom challenged the local community to break the silence on same-sex relationships and be more tolerant.

Speaking at the same event, NAC chief executive Tapiwa Magure said it was not fair to discriminate key populations because they would be left behind in terms of accessing vital information.

“I want to assure you that we will not discriminate anyone in this country. I want to make sure that information reaches out to everyone,” he said.

President Robert Mugabe has, however, repeatedly sounded his disdain for homosexuality and repeated his anti-gay stance at the just-ended United Nations Summit in New York, the United States.

Mugabe has often described lesbians and gays as “worse than pigs and dogs”.

The local gay population has accused the country of “dodging” the question about the participation and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Zimbabwe and those attending the on-going ICASA.

Gays and Lesbians’ Association in Zimbabwe director Chesterfield Samba in a statement said the government had always exhibited homophobic attitudes to these groups, hence it was a high risk population.

“Sex between men is criminalised in Zimbabwe, thus driving them underground and making them difficult to reach with HIV interventions,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAids) yesterday marked the ICASA official opening with a call for countries to further accelerate their response to Aids.

The conference is taking place in Harare this week against a backdrop of great progress in the Aids response, even though stakeholders in the health sector still face a number of challenges in reducing the spread and impact of the disease.

“Africa is on the brink of breaking the Aids epidemic. We have no time to lose. We have five years to fast-track the Aids response,” UNAids executive director Michel Sidibe said at a Press conference in the capital.

UNAids is introducing its new fast-track strategy which involves front loading investments in the Aids response to reach an ambitious 90-90-90 treatment target by 2020, where 90% of people living with HIV would be in a position to know their status and an equal number accessing treatment .

The conference was opened by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, where he made a veiled attack on gays and lesbians saying: “We equally reject attempts to prescribe ‘new rights’ which are contrary to our values, norms, traditions and beliefs.”

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62 Comments

  1. Mugabe and his team, they 100% correct we will not accept this gay nonsense!

  2. We will not accept a gay society in Zimbabwe!!!

  3. WILLARD MUBVUMBI

    We have prostitutes, murderers, rapists, baby dumpers, crooks, dagga smokers, etc, WHY not do the same on these people i have mentioned?

  4. Homosexuality is foreign to our culture, please please we don’t want to stoop so low to the point were we subscribe to such a horrible act, if the first world countries rubberstamp such things that will almost make us vomit well that’s them and we should not be whipped into accepting such mediocre acts in the name of civilisation, since when has climbing on top of another man become ”civilisation”. Those who want to practice sodom and gomorah go and do it somewhere else not in Zimbabwe ,if you want to have sex find yourself a woman not to try and take down a bearded man ,talk of other rights not those kind of rights. Please please , elsewhere not in Zimbabwe .

    1. Homosexuality is not “foreign” to any culture on earth. The late ex-President of Zimbabwe Canaan Banana was a homosexual. Next door, S Africa allows homosexuality and that has not made S Africans lesser human beings. Homosexuals are there and will always be there so there is no point in trying to pretend it is not there. If it does not affect you why bother about it? There much more serious issues facing Zimbabwe that expend energy on trivial matters about homosexuals. What if you find your son or daughter is a homosexual what will you do?

      1. we don’t care wtha its foreign on domestic hatidi. yes i don’t like bob to be in power and i don’t like his policies if it means he is going to stay in power for ever for there not to have homo legalised then let it be. magetsi, sadza zvese hazvina base pane hunhu saka u call southafricans practising homosexual equal to human beings, nxxxxxaaaaaaaaaaaaa sorry maningi.

      2. If my daughter or son is involved in these acts that I have not seen even among animals then they can forget they were ever born. I can even kill them. I will rather eat my own shit than have a gay/lesbian kid. Why do people want to come and impose their dirty on us. On this one I agree with the president totally.

      3. True that Musona… These wanna be conservatives wanna hide behind the finger of homosexuality when there is more to the problem than this stupit homosexual issue…. The biggest problem we have that we should all be worried about and working on is this Mugabe who wants to rule zimbabwe forever as if he is some God of some sort nxaaaaaa people you need to get a life and face the real problems here

      4. The fact that ex president of Zim did it and SA are doing it doesn’t make it right at all. Because its not a Zimbo culture many ZImbos who do it only do so for make money or get a visa abroad. That’s is why a lot of them have children with women elsewhere or after making money still get into straight relationships later. This also one of the serious issue s facing Zim because it touches the culture.

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    3. Homosexuality is not foreign to any culture.
      It is human, it is found in all cultures, all ethnicity and all communities.
      Some humans are gay.
      You will NEVER change that fact, no matter how disdainful, hateful or violent you freely choose to be.

    4. Just remember this: The Bible is not African. Christianity is not African. Remember who forced Christianity down your throat? So, if you please, be consistent with your hate of non-African ideas. And why do you Speak/write English? English is not African! See how absurds it is to use your Africanism as a way of hating LGBT people?

  5. Tyson Kasquerrę

    Kill all known gays. Today. Kill dem all. Thanks.

    1. Pisa ngochane

    2. Your right to be offended is not worth more than other people’s right to life

    3. Just as a person is born black or white, or born right or left handed, so too are people born heterosexual or homosexual. They are as they are.

      I remember when I was a boy in Rhodesia. There were some white men who used to say “kill all the blacks”.
      You are no different to them.

  6. homosexuality is a tough subject. i am male and i am attracted to a certain kind of women -women with very long natural hair and are older than me. I have been sexually active for 10 years slept with over 80 women and all of them fit the above criteria. so sometimes i wonder kuti is homosexuality a state of mind or choice or disorder or something you are just born with.

    1. 80! You are in the same boat with gays!

      1. over ten years i think its normal

  7. I don’t think gays and lesbians should be discriminated. they are indeed a key population in this fight against hiv and aids. some people believe we have a significant number of bisexual men in this country. I am in no way endorsing their behaviour but for those who do not want to see them, the bible talks of a new earth where you will not find them. that being said, if your country decides to host an international conference, then you should be mature enough to know that some countries have legalised gays and are members of ICASA. What did you expect? A few months ago, we had a carnival in harare and had Brazilian ladies dancing half naked in the streets and you were quiet on that. Kana muchida kuuya imbwa, torai hono yacho. if you want to host an international AIDS event, then let the guys come to the party. After all, they brought this disease to all of us…

  8. We cant sacrifice our culture because of donors. They can go and hang, take your money somewhere.

  9. please just grow up.

  10. I am not a homosexuality fan but I sense something is wrong with you all. this country decides to host an international conference on AIDS and trust me when I say, the homosexual community is a key population. some people believe that many men in zim are bisexual and they have been rumours that even some lawmakers are. I don’t want to speculate further but any student of history will tell you that this AIDS was first seen in the gay community. they are a key population since they brought this on us. ICASA member states include countries where homosexuality has been legalised so if you decide to host such a conference, you can’t then choose who and who does not attend. Don’t be hypocrites…a few months ago, you held a carnival in harare where Brazilian women danced half naked in the streets of harare and not even one person said this was foreign to our culture. If you do not like gays people for real; then close their companies in zim and don’t support them. you can always find that information free on Google. kwete kuda kuita publicity yekuramba ma poster apo mukaka wamunonwa uchibva ku company dzavo. I know people who hate mugabe so much that they don’t buy milk products dzakanzi alpha and omega. if you can’t do that for the gay community….then shut up

  11. If for no other reason but this, Long live Robert Mugabe!! GLBTI plz NO NO NO NO!! Spare us the snarlups!

  12. If Zimbabwe is such a clean cultured society then why is it that you have one of the worlds highest AIDS numbers. To say that homosexuality is not common to your culture is a total lack of truth and ignorance on your part. I suppose in your mind it was brought to Africa by filthy whites!

  13. Abomination, no to such hideous acts. Sodom and Gommorah were destroyed by GOD HIMSELF because of homosexuality, NO NO NO…..

    1. The sin of Sodom was not homosexuality, but inhospitality to strangers, something which was contrary to the culture of the time. There is a huge difference between the threat of rape and a loving relationship between consenting adults, whether or not you can see this. Jesus had nothing to say about homosexuality. The Bible has nothing to say about such loving relationships. Homosexuality just is – everywhere in the world, including your beloved Zimbabwe. It is no more a choice than left-handedness. Homophobia, on the other hand, is a choice.

  14. i applaud our vice President on these filthy fagots. i would like to see the law being used to its fullest without favour on these less than human creatures. as for newsday. you don’t represent Zimbabwean interests

  15. We have murderers, baby dumpers, prostitutes, dagga smokers, rapists, abortionists etc, what action is being taken against these people? The fact that in Harare, there is an LGBT headoffice shows that the gay rights are respected. Lastly, who are we to judge?

  16. Shame,zvinopisa tsitsi kunzwa kuti pane vanhu vanorwira kodzero dzokuti murume ade mumwe murume.Mwari akasika murume nemukadzi munoti aisaziva zvaaiita here?magay ose tsvagai Jesu achawanikwa,mubviswe madhimoni ari mamuri pamwe mungawana nyasha.kungwarisa nehutsvina ihwo ndozvakadzingisa satani kudenga,hatidi kuona magay muZim plz vadzingei

  17. On this one Almost every Zimbabwean is 100% behind Mugabe. Only on this one i will say Long Live our Hero, not on other issues like economy. To Hell with these satanic workshops and Satanic Donors its better we stay poor.

  18. I don’t support homosexuality but I do accept that these people are there. Now the government should not behave as if it has a key deliverable around homos. They should just focus on the ley issues affecting the ordinary people on the street rather than rally behind majority condemnation of homos. I have two issues to highlight.
    1. Our constitution, a collective reflection of our social norms, values and culture outlaws homosexuality. Zimbabweans in general, and not the government can take accolades for this. The cabinet and ruling party has senior homos. What has the government done to set an example. They are waiting for “evidence” as usual.
    2. Some of the comments here appear as if there is some donor somewhere waiting to give us FDI if only we accept homosexuality. This is a lie and a side-show propagated by government. Let’s just do the simple things that need to be done before we can attract FDI. Supporting homosexuality is not one of them.

  19. no no no no no to homosexual

  20. sometimes we don’t have to just agree to some certain rights. yes we want to stay connected and globalised if homosexuality is the other link to globalisation better we remain remote. Ini ndakazvimirira handitendere zvakadaro ndaramba. Yes we made a bid to host the conference but if it comes with a condition of hosting homos too, then ngaikanzurwe ngavaititre ku south kune ngochani dziri pamutemo. vaenzi tinovada asi hatidi vano mhurisa musha. kusiya vatinyngadzira vana kwete.

  21. homosexuality is there, the purpose is to fight the spread of HIV and this group is a risk group. we can never live in isolation and yes l agree if they dont affect you so what….

  22. To the homophobes: how can you hate so much that you put your right to be offended above other people’s right to life?

  23. Newsday you have a duty to inform your ignorant readersbut you are happy to neglect this because of fear to topple the apple cart or you too are lost. please do inform Gunguwo and his likes that so -called homo rights ARE prerequisits for Western aid as has been amply said by the donor countries themselves as they have whipped many an African brother into their line for the dollars. ASIANS WONT TOUCH THAT KIND OF MONEY EVEN WITH A VERY LONG STICK!

  24. Willard Mubvumbi

    @MUSONA, well said. Good words indeed. The fact that we have Lgbt offices in Harare shows that homosexuality is accepted. We have murderers, rapists, whores, baby dumpers, dagga smokers, etc, what action is the govt taking against these people i have mentioned? Gays are there and will be there same applies to whores, rapists, murderers. Who are we to judge?

  25. No matter hw much the likes of you ana Musona try to vouch for the LGTBI community, homosexuality is alien and has no place in African culture. I’m sure u are familiar w words such as hunhu since you are African, so i dn’t understand when u want 2 c such issues as trivial. If homosexuality is a normal practice there is certainly no reason why we Africans wld reject it, bt because its not normal no matter wc way u look or want 2 justify it we shall never accept it. The right to practice freedom of will can never be used as an excuse 2 allow such practices. Bt since there are sum countries wc sold their souls and allow such abominations, the gays can go live there 4 all we care, here in Africa and particularly here in Zim, we do not have a place for them. South Africans are nt normal people, people who can do such henious acts as xenophobia certainly can’t be regarded as normal.

    1. You claim homosexuality is foreign and so it must be rejected.
      Xenophobia is defined as prejudice against that which is from another country, foreign.

      If you are prejudiced against homosexuality because it is foreign or from another country, then that would make you xenophobic, by definition.

      But you go on to say xenophobia is a “henious act” and cannot be regarded as “normal”.
      You are describing yourself as abnormal and engaging in “henious” acts.

    2. @Nemaz – Nonsense. Who determines what African culture is? Is wearing suits African culture? Is driving cars African culture? Is kissing an African culture? Is using toilet paper African culture? What is African culture? Is massacring over 40 000 unarmed civilians in Gukurahundi African culture? Is presenting a Budget in Parliament African culture?

    3. @Nemaz – Nonsense. Who determines what African culture is? Is wearing suits African culture? Is driving cars African culture? Is kissing an African culture? Is using toilet paper African culture? What is African culture? Is mas*acring over 40 000 unarmed civilians in Gukurahundi African culture? Is presenting a Budget in Parliament African culture?

    4. @Nemaz – Nonsense. Who determines what African culture is? Is wearing suits African culture? Is driving cars African culture? Is kissing an African culture? Is using toilet paper African culture? What is African culture? Is ma*sacring over 40 000 unarmed civilians in Gukurahu*di African culture? Is presenting a Budget in Parliament African culture?

  26. # homosexual must fall!

  27. Africa has a culture of togetherness and of love, but when it comes to homosexulaity, people want to attack and spew hate at lesbians, gays, bisexuals and so on, forgetting the very nature of the culture we have grown up in. What people forget is according to the bible, the Lord will say “I never knew you to people who prophecy, who speak in toungues. (Matthew 7:23). This verse is talking about what it really means to be a christian. LOVE. You are not a christian until you have had dinner at a gay man’s house, (Jesus at Zacchaeus’ House), you are not a christian when you haven’t fed a lesbian orphan. Whether we acknowledge it or not, God is divine. That is why He left ALL the judgement to himself because ONLY he can see past any sin, any prejudice, any hatred, any situation, something we all are unable to sustain. If this group is made up of sinners, ONLY God CAN DEAL WITH THEM. Dont be found wanting harbouring HATE.

    1. Love the sinner but hate the sinner.

    2. Reverend pliz for the sake of the gospel do not qoute the bible and extract any part of it in support or defence of homosexuality and pliz read Leviticus 18:22

  28. I ddnt want to write anything bt you rev Ponde has jus made me write, something, God destroyed Sodom and Gommora specifically bvecause of this kind of sin….soo dont drag God’s name into this b*ull….pasi nemagay

    1. Just remember this: The Bible is not African. Christianity is not African. Remember who forced Christianity down your throat? So, if you please, be consistent with your hate of non-African ideas.

      1. There is nothing wrong with adopting other cultures if its good. Unfortunately one of the cultures we will not adopt as a nation is… That’s not who we are or want to be.

  29. Guys guys guys, the country’s economy is on fire and we are preoccupied with scum that enjoy sex from the compost end?? Kumanyowa??

  30. In as much as gays and lesbians are human beings, we the majority of the Zimbabwean population refuse to accommodate such evil practices.

  31. Pulverize pooves.

  32. Oppah Matibili-Kashiri-Rushesha

    If anybody knows any gay guys, kill them now.

  33. Why should sickness be celebrated??…..listen all you STOOL-PUSHERS if u try to flaunt your sickness in public we will beat the crap out of you

  34. It’s interesting how quickly we adapt the tools of the oppressors. How quickly we accept that because something is not the way we prefer, they or their behavior is foreign and immoral. The same hate that is being slewed toward gays/lesbians by anti-homosexual Zimbabweans is the same hate that has kept Africa oppressed for decades with outsiders believing that Africans are lazy and incompetent. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Your hate will one day be returned in the form of anti-African sentiment, vis-a-vis the colonization that continues to unjustly rob worthy individuals of prosperity and happiness. The product of hate is regression; choose your weapon wisely.

  35. In the late 1979 when this illness spilt into the streets of San Francisco the white race was appalled at the behaviour of their young offspring public display.
    To counteract this behaviour introduced asupposedly cure that was worse than the illness they were witnessing HIV/AIDS.Today we are led to believe that what was appalling in late seventies is now a remedy.How can this choice of a life style or put it crudelya prisoners disease.

  36. Pakati penyu dziripo ngochani dzizera. Vanoita muchiwande vakawanda muzim vari kuisa kumanyowa musanyebe.

  37. Why waste so much time and effort on hating others? What threatens you so much? Consider it honestly. All people are equal and the times are changing, and history will show that this is a very conservative time in the history of humans. Inclusion and equality will happen again, so embrace it and be a leader for positive change.

  38. Does it matter what our sexual orientation is? Or is it more important to respect, honour, love and appreciate the beauty in the creation and diversity of a human Being. Really to me, I think it is a waste of time obsessing about someone’s orientation bcoz it leaves less time to get to know them.

  39. How can anyone say that being attracted to or loving someone of the same sex is an abomination but make hate a virtue? How can you hate so much that you put your right to be offended above another person’s right to life?

  40. The sin of Sodom was not homosexuality, but inhospitality to strangers, something which was contrary to the culture of the time. There is a huge difference between the threat of rape and a loving relationship between consenting adults, whether or not you can see this. Jesus had nothing to say about homosexuality. The Bible has nothing to say about such loving relationships. Homosexuality just is – everywhere in the world, including your beloved Zimbabwe. It is no more a choice than left-handedness. Homophobia, on the other hand, is a choice.

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