Zimbabwe's notoriously anti-gay despot Robert Mugabe has slammed British Prime Minister David Cameron's suggestion that aid should be decreased to countries that failed to respect gay rights. Cameron made the announcement at the recent 54-nation Commonwealth meeting in Australia.
Mugabe, 87, said the concept was "stupid" and that homosexuality was inconsistent with African and Christian values."It becomes worse and Satanic when you get a prime minister like Cameron saying countries that want British aid should accept homosexuality," he said. "To come with that diabolical suggestion to our people is a stupid offer."
Speaking to a group of young people at a community event in a mining town in Zimbabwe's Midlands region, he added that it was "impossible for John to marry Jack or Maria to marry Theresa".
"Do not get tempted into that (homosexuality). You are young people. We will punish you severely," he was quoted as saying in the state-run Herald newspaper. "It is condemned by nature. It is condemned by insects and that is why I have said they are worse than pigs and dogs."
Mugabe's comments come as Zimbabweans prepare to vote next year and possibly afford gays some legal protections. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai—Mugabe political rival—has called for greater tolerance and promised "not to prosecute anyone who is gay."
Same-sex acts are currently illegal in Zimbabwe, as they are in at least 32 of 54 African countries. Two activists with Zimbabwe's only LGBT group were arrested in a May 2010 raid—and later tortured—but were acquitted. Neighboring South Africa is the only nation on the continent that guarantees LGBT rights and marriage equality.
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