Mrs Lillian Kirenyi, a legislator from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party was on Tuesday charged with undermining the authority of President Mugabe. The court was told that the MP committed the alleged offence during an address to party supporters on December 9.
She allegedly said: "Zanu PF (President Mugabe’s party) members been attacking MDC president Tsvangirai alleging he is pro-homosexuals yet Robert Mugabe has practiced homosexuality with (Professor) Jonathan Moyo (former Information minister) and Canaan Banana (Zimbabwe’s first ceremonial president)." The late Mr Banana was jailed for sodomising his bodyguard.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai—Mugabe's political rival—has called for greater tolerance and promised "not to prosecute anyone who is gay." Tsvangirai says he will continue to call out for tolerance despite an onslaught of criticism after his remarks.
Same-sex acts are currently illegal in Zimbabwe, as they are in at least 38 of 54 African countries. South Africa and Seychelles are the only African nations that protect LGBT rights. The neighboring Republic of South Africa is also the only African nation to guarantee marriage equality.
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