Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe says homosexuality doesn’t belong in Zimbabwe. He said it violates women’s rights by denying the union of men and women needed to bear children. The 88-year-old, speaking at a women’s HIV/Aids and gender rights conference in Harare, said the “gay world” goes against nature.
After earlier remarks by UN human rights chief Navi Pillay referring to the criminalization of homosexuality in some countries, Mugabe said Zimbabwe and Africa won’t recognize same-sex marriage because it leads to human “extinction“. He said male homosexuality took away women’s traditional rights of being mothers.
Homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe. Mugabe, who has repeatedly described same-sex partners as “lower than dogs and pigs,” has vowed not to allow gay rights to be included in a new constitution being drafted.
Mothers were given the talent to bear children. That talent doesn’t belong to men,” he said. When God created Adam … if Adam had desired a person like him it would not have made him any happier,” Mugabe said.On demands for women’s equality, Mugabe said he doubted women will get equal representation as lawmakers in Zimbabwe.
“When a man says he wants to get married to another man, we in Zimbabwe don’t accept it. We can’t talk of women’s rights at all if we go in that direction. It will lead to extinction,” he said.
“Our customs look down on women as inferior. Men pay cattle and money to get a wife and expect women to obey them. Women will surely lose. Men say that women are not as knowledgeable as us. The attitude of men still despises women,” he said