The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Gays Will Be Severely Punished, Says President

PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday said homosexuals and lesbians will be punished severely for their behaviour which is inconsistent with African and Christian values.

He made the remarks at the launch of the Tongogara Community Share Ownership Tru-st at Unki Mine.

Zimbabweans told Copac during the outreach programme that they want homosexuality outlawed.

Said the President: "Do not get tempted into that (homosexuality). You are young people. Mukaenda ikoko we will punish you severely."

He took a swipe at recent utterances by British Prime Minister David Cameron that London will not aid countries that do not respect gay rights.

Mr Cameron said his government had engaged a number of African countries to influence them to embrace the practice.

"It becomes worse and Satanic when you get a Prime Minister like Cameron saying countries that want British aid should accept homosexuality.

"To come with that diabolical suggestion to our people is a stupid offer," President Mugabe said.

He added: "Chambopinda mumisoro yevarungu chii? Kuti vari kutadza zvinoitwa nenhunzi nemapete ese? Izvi hazvipo patsika dzedu kana yechiKristo."

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