Zimbabwe Leader Says Gays “Destroy Nations,” Are “Filthy, Filthy Disease”

Jim Burroway

August 23rd, 2013

Zimbabwe has held (fraudulent) elections again, which, to no one’s surprise, longtime strongman Robert Mugabe “won”. Yesterday he was sworn in during what SW Radio Africa’s Nomalanga Moyo describes as an “over-the-top ceremony” at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. One of the banners on display at Mugabe’s inauguration read, “It’s Africa versus Europe, with Zimbabwe as the new battlefront,” and the 90-year-old leader had choice words for the West, NGOs, critics from civil society and human rights organizations, and, of course, gays:

In the speech, Mugabe urged young people to “damn” homosexuality in the same way his government does and not to offend nature by engaging in same-sex relationships.

“That destroys nations, apart from it being a filthy, filthy disease,” he said.

Ahead of the elections last month, Mugabe heightened his anti-gay stance in his rallies, going so far as to suggest that homosexuals should be castrated.

During a campaign speech in July, Mugabe suggested that gay people should be beheaded:

In the report, Mugabe is quoted telling his followers that: “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.

“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.”

Over the past few years, Zimbabwe police had raided the offices of the advocacy group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ). During a 2010 raid, several GALZ members were arrested and tortured for allegedly posessing “pornographic material” along with a letter from former San Francisco mayor Willy Brown praising GALZ and denouncing President Mugabe for his opposition to LGBT rights. That led to new charges of “undermining the authority of the President.” Those charges were eventually dropped.

Mugabe has attacked homosexuality as foreign to African culture, and famously described LGBT people as “worse than dogs and pigs.” Homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe under a law that was carried over from colonial times. Conviction brings a penalty of up to three years’ imprisonment.

Timothy Kincaid

August 23rd, 2013

“That destroys nations, apart from it being a filthy, filthy disease,” he said.

Which is why Zimbabwe is doing so much better than Europe and the Americas

Ben In Oakland

August 23rd, 2013

“Zimbabwe Leader Says Gays “Destroy Nations,” Are “Filthy, Filthy Disease”

I’m afraid fascist dictatorships are really what destroys nations and people.

Would I be terribly out of line if I suggested that this is the pot calling the kettle, er, umm, black?

Sir Andrew

August 23rd, 2013

Mugabe is a filthy, filthy disease.


August 23rd, 2013

What’s his problem? He already stole the election.

And I just love the way these African leaders hold over the worst aspects of colonial rule because they’re truly “African.”

F Young

August 23rd, 2013

I think there could be some good in all this.

Mugabe is so reviled by Zimbabweans that I expect that anything associated with him is also hated by association. I hope this would include even his homophobia.

I think that it’s plausible that, when Mugabe dies, there will be a powerful movement to reject anything and anybody associated with him. A new generation would take over, and anybody who waged an anti-gay hate campaign would be branded as a Mugabe sympathizer who wants to go back to the ‘bad ol days.’

I think that something like this may have happened in South Africa as well as in post-Catholic countries like Brazil, Portugal, Spain and Uruguay.


August 23rd, 2013

In the report, Mugabe is quoted telling his followers that: “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.

I really laughed when I read that.

Perhaps someone should ask Mugabe how in the world men locked up in a house, presumably with no females present, be able to produce two children.

Does anyone really take this guy seriously?



August 24th, 2013

One of the Religious Rights arguments about how they’re better then Islam is the fact Islamic countries can and do execute people for being gay.
They fail to mention that in Latin America,Africa and parts of Asia,it isn’t the Islamic extremists pushing for anti-gay laws that include jailing and killing gays but the “Christian” right.

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