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Mugabe says gays harm women’s rights

Mugabe says gays harm women’s rights

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe says homosexuality harms women’s rights and leads to the ‘extinction’ of the human race.

In yet another anti-gay tirade, the 88-year-old African dictator told a women’s HIV/Aids and gender rights conference in Harare that the ‘gay world’ was unnatural and removed women’s right to bear children.

‘Mothers were given the talent to bear children. That talent doesn’t belong to men,’ he said, reported the Associated Press.

‘When God created Adam…if Adam had desired a person like him it would not have made him any happier.

‘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.’

Homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe and two members of the same sex caught kissing or even holding hands can face a jail sentence.

Mugabe’s comments follow the arrival of UN human rights chief Navi Pillay in Zimbabwe on Sunday (20 May) to assess the country’s record.

It is the first ever visit of a UN commissioner for human rights to the troubled nation.

Pillay raised concerns about countries which still criminalize homosexuality and yesterday ( 24 May) an Amnesty International report claimed anti-gay hate in Africa had ‘worsened’.

Mugabe, who has ranted about homosexuality for years, has previously branded gays ‘worse than dogs’.

A new constitution is currently being drafted and he has called for voters to reject gay rights in the charter.