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."


  1. Brian says

    This country’s economy is so pathetic that they had a $100 trillion bank note due to hyperinflation. $100 trillion Zimbabwean dollars equaled about $1 USD.

    Something tells me they should spend a little more time focusing on their joke of an economy and less time on worrying who sleeps with who.

  2. David says

    No surprise. He was lying when speaking to a British TV station.

    The answer is simple – words are not enough. While homosexuality is illegal in this countries then all aid must be stopped.

  3. dazzer says

    Tsvangirai can see which way the global aid wind is blowing. The British have already said that they will be considering human rights – with LGBT rights to the fore – when deciding who gets what aid. The US has also made similar noises. Tsvangirai said what he said to the BBC because he knows that as and when Mugabe goes/dies, Tsvangirai’s going to need a truck-load of aid money to bring Zimbabwe back to any kind of stability.
    Essentially, the West is beginning to put strings on international aid.
    People like Tsvangirai recognise this – whether he and his people like it or not.