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Mugabe Issues Threat To Gays: 'We Will Chop Off Their Heads'


This latest threat came during a campaign rally in Mutare at the Aerodrome Ground. The Zimbabwean president has an extensive history of fiercely anti-gay remarks. During the rally, Mugabe told a crowd of his followers:

 “If you take men and lock them in a house for five years and tell them to come up with two children and they fail to do that, then we will chop off their heads. This thing (homosexuality) seeks to destroy our lineage by saying John and John should wed, Maria and Maria should wed. Imagine this son born out of an African father...Obama says if you want aid, you should accept the homosexuality practice. Aah, we will never do that.”

According to SW Radio Africa, Mugabe has verbally attacked gay people publicly no less than seven times during the month of July alone...

"Regardless of any personal feelings about homosexuality, a country’s leader should never call for violence against any group or individual. These unprovoked utterances by a Head of State whose rallies have so far been immediately followed by a surge in harassment of political opponents, are likely to spread fear and despondency within the gay community." 

GALZMugabe's verbal attacks have also elicited grievances from GALZ, Zimbabwe's LGBT advocacy group. The organization sent a letter to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Wednesday decrying the president's continued use of "hate speech"...

"GALZ notes with concern that ZANU PF’s instruments of intimidation and electioneering, which include the subject of gays, remains as strong as ever and is once again being used during its campaign rallies. It has become customary for the President to attempt to whip up a climate of hysterical homophobia against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people before, during and after elections."

Said "hysterical homophobia" was also why GALZ was subject to an armed assault on June 6, according to the letter, which also called for an investigation to ensure that Mugabe and his party would not hijack the political process. 

Mugabe's hateful rhetoric is also being condemned by other LGBT activists throughout Africa. Frank Malaba, a South African actor and human rights activist, has also warned of the potential repercussions of such hate speech:

“Mugabe should know that his followers listen to him and so if he gives them the go-ahead to be violent and to behead gay people, they will do that. Today it is gays and lesbians, tomorrow it will be women, albinos, whites, and anyone Mugabe dislikes. This should not be allowed in an independent country.”

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  1. The mustache needs to be wider.

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 25, 2013 7:32:26 PM

  2. This man is a savage.

    It's easy to focus on gays being the problem when you have the worst economy in the world.

    Posted by: Otterman | Jul 25, 2013 7:46:27 PM

  3. I would like to personally invite him to my house for a duel. We'll see who prevails.

    Posted by: Matt | Jul 25, 2013 7:57:23 PM

  4. Was the original speech in English or monkey language ?

    Posted by: AndyTowlette | Jul 25, 2013 8:09:46 PM

  5. Oh? Well then let your people STARVE.

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Jul 25, 2013 8:57:51 PM

  6. We all live in terrifying times. The world is a powder keg.

    Posted by: Stephen | Jul 25, 2013 9:03:45 PM

  7. He has zero respect for human rights in general. He's well past his sell-by date too.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 25, 2013 9:07:53 PM

  8. Someone please assassinate this guy.

    Posted by: Andy | Jul 25, 2013 9:09:54 PM

  9. Nazi maggot

    Posted by: RMc | Jul 25, 2013 9:28:17 PM

  10. Mugabe should have his balls cut off.

    Posted by: Adam | Jul 25, 2013 9:55:24 PM

  11. Stop feeding and medicating Africa

    Posted by: Hagatha | Jul 25, 2013 11:02:13 PM

  12. @HAGATHA: Really? Let many tens of thousands of people die of AIDS related diseases because you don't like the hateful Mugabe. Is that actually what you want to see happen?

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 25, 2013 11:28:00 PM

  13. "We will chop off their heads". Mugabe doesn't have a head on his shoulders to speak of.
    It might be a good idea if Zimbabwe would elect a leader who's not something left over from the 8th Century.
    If he is spending this much time slandering gays, I would hate to see the condition of his country on the whole. Grade Z Banana Republic.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Jul 25, 2013 11:37:25 PM

  14. Mugabe cannot even stop people from burning the country to ashes. He is simply a senile dictator who thnks he can maintain the rule of law when he commits these atrocities. There are many dead dictators in history that prove otherwise. He only attacks gay people because he doesn't believe gay people, their friends and families will ultimately get revenge.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jul 25, 2013 11:46:46 PM

  15. Homophobia enabled by FRC, NOM, evangelicals, the Catholic church, and other like-minded vermin.

    Posted by: Richard | Jul 26, 2013 12:19:41 AM

  16. Homophobia enabled by FRC, NOM, evangelicals, the Catholic church, and other like-minded vermin.

    Posted by: Richard | Jul 26, 2013 12:19:41 AM

  17. Screw this 3rd rate country and the bigots who infest this country. No US Tax dollars for these people.

    Posted by: Mmike1969 | Jul 26, 2013 2:30:28 AM

  18. He's in his late 80s. He'll be dead and forgotten soon enough.

    Posted by: homer | Jul 26, 2013 2:42:10 AM

  19. Some interesting reading out of Zimbabwe:”

    Posted by: H | Jul 26, 2013 6:20:53 AM

  20. Where are the US Drones when we need them!

    Posted by: Dan | Jul 26, 2013 8:21:45 AM

  21. ...he is like a nightmare come true. He lives is a fantasy world. He is unattached to the realities of his own pitiful nation. He does nothing to try to better the lives of his countrymen. He is a disgrace. He needs to fade out sooner than later. The world will be better off without the likes of him

    Posted by: thom | Jul 26, 2013 8:34:09 AM

  22. Andrew - Feeding and medicating Africa kills more people than leaving it alone.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Jul 26, 2013 2:14:43 PM

  23. HAGATHA: Please explain how "feeding and medicating Africa kills more people than leaving it alone". I can't wait to read your TWISTED logic!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 26, 2013 2:24:34 PM

  24. GOOD...lets start blocking their F---ing foreign aid right now...

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 26, 2013 4:24:22 PM

  25. Hell no. He's right. If you lock two gay people in a house for 5 years. They won't make a baby. But it is wrong to just chop their heads off just for that.

    Posted by: yefwye | Jul 26, 2013 7:40:01 PM

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