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January 9, 2014

Insulting the notoriously homophobic Zimbabwe president is a crime punishable by a jail sentence or hefty fine

A woman who dared to call Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe gay has finally been set free.

Lynette Karenyi, a former lawmaker, was thrown into custody for her jibe in December 2011.

Insulting the notoriously homophobic Mugabe is a criminal offence punishable by a jail sentence or a fine.

But on Tuesday (7 January), a magistrate allowed Karenyi to be freed after it was discovered the state prosecutor did not have the authority to charge the former legislator.

August 13, 2013

Zimbabwe’s Zanu PF predicted to toughen anti-gay laws with President Mugabe threatening ‘hell for gays’ and LGBTs saying violence is getting worse

LGBT people in Zimbabwe are warning President Robert Mugabe may change the constitution to further criminalize gay people.

The new constitution, overwhelmingly backed in a March 2013 referendum, already states: ‘Persons of the same sex are prohibited from marrying each other.’

But now Mugabe has won the election his Zanu PF party has the power and desire to make more changes.

August 3, 2013

LGBT Zimbabweans speak anonymously about the fear, harassment and violence experienced under the president’s anti-gay campaign

‘Now the real fear is kicking in,’ said one LGBT Zimbabwean after homophobic leader Robert Mugabe claimed an election victory this week.

Mugabe, who has ruled the country for 33 years, earlier this week claimed a landslide victory after pledging ‘hell for gays’ if he was elected. 

The official result is not due out yet and Zanu PF officials may have breached rules by claiming victory early. 

August 1, 2013

Zanu PF party official claims victory for Mugabe who has threatened gays will ‘rot in jail’ for life during election campaign

President Robert Mugabe’s party is claiming a landslide victory after pledging ‘hell for gays’ if he was victorious.

In June the dictator said he would amend laws, if his Zanu PF party was re-elected, so LGBT ‘offenders’ would ‘rot in jail’ for life.

July 26, 2013

As gay people in Zimbabwe live in fear of persecution, some hope Robert Mugabe rival Morgan Tsvangirai will be the answer to their problems

Zimbabwe gay people will be going to the polls next week, and many are asking if it can get much worse than President Robert Mugabe.

It is an election marking the end of the troubled coalition government led by a notoriously homophobic president and the more mysteriously silent Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Zimbabwe is likely going down one of two paths, a choice between the front-runners Mugabe and Tsvangirai.

July 23, 2013

'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'

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.

June 17, 2013

Zimbabwe’s president vows to have gay and lesbians rot in jail if his party wins the country’s upcoming elections

Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe has 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.

The president stated that current sentences imposed on child rapists, sodomisers and paedophiles are ‘too lenient’.

Mugabe vowed that gay marriage would never be accepted in Zimbabwe and seems to conflate LGBT people with rape.

August 12, 2012

Forty-four members of Zimbabwe's LGBT organization - GALZ - were violently arrested yesterday by riot police squad and released without being charged this morning

Forty-four members of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) were brutally arrested yesterday and released today (12 August) without charges.

Four Zimbabwe police officers attempted to gain entry to the GALZ office in the nation’s capital, Harrare on Saturday (11 August).

The police officers called for back up and around 15 riot squad officers descended on the office and effected arrest.

December 19, 2011

Politicians call for equal gay rights in homophobic president’s country

Opponents of President Robert Mugabe’s homophobic rule in Zimbabwe are threatening to out the closet gays in his party.

This comes after opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said gays should have the same rights as other minorities in the new Zimbabwean constitution currently being framed by representatives of the three main parties.