Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai Attacked Over Gay Rights Remarks

Zimbabwe PM Morgan Tsvangirai was hammered by members of his own party for comments he made to the BBC this week in support of constitutional protections for gay people, Zimbabwe Metro reports:

TsvangiraiJustice Minister Patrick Chinamasa claimed Tsvangirai’s call was dishonest, insisting: “I know personally he doesn’t believe it. He has said so many times in the Cabinet.”

Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party refused to back him, and his spokesman appeared to beat a retreat, suggesting that the Prime Minister’s position expressed in an interview with the BBC had been “misrepresented”.

But in the fall-out, Tsvangirai received backing from the Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) which said in a statement it wanted him to “take positive action to support his most recent statement on the indivisibility of human rights.”

Said Tsvangirai to the BBC: "It's a very controversial subject in my part of the world. My attitude is that I hope the constitution will come out with freedom of sexual orientation, for as long as it does not interfere with anybody."

Posted October 26, 2011 at 11:54am ETC by Andy Towle
in News, Zimbabwe