Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who has been in a decades-long crusade against gays, ripped into pro-gay US President Barack Obama in a speech before supporters today.
‘Obama this man born of an African father and a white mother told us that US can only provide financial aid if we accepted homosexuality as a country,’ the Zimbabwe Independent quotes Mugabe telling thousands of supporters in Mutar.
Last month, Mugabe promised hell for gays and lesbians, if his Zanu PF party wins the upcoming elections, vowing to amend laws that would make ‘offenders’ ‘rot in jail’ for life.
Male homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe and in 2006 the country’s government amended the law which now states that sodomy is any ‘act involving contact between two males that would be regarded by a reasonable person as an indecent act’, thereby criminalizing even holding hands, hugging, or kissing.
During Zimbabwe’s annual independence celebrations in 1995 Mugabe proclaimed that homosexuality ‘degrades human dignity’, ‘unnatural’ and ‘worse than dogs and pigs.’