Lillian Kirenyi, the Zimbabwean politician imprisoned after allegedly accusing Zimbabwe's election-stealing president, Robert Mugabe, of "practicing" homosexuality, is out of jail.
Two weeks ago, when addressing supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change party, Ms. Kirenyi allegedly complained that President Mugabe’s party was
... attacking MDC president [Morgan] Tsvangirai, alleging he is pro-homosexuals, yet Robert Mugabe has practiced homosexuality with Jonathan Moyo and Canaan Banana.
For this, Robert Mugabe did what any sexually confident, totally-secure-in-his-not-gayness president of a serious nation would do under similar circumstances, and threw Ms. Kirenyi into prison. She's out now on $200 bail, and denies all wrongdoing.
There are few things in the world Mr. Mugabe hates more than homosexuals. Last month, he called British PM David Cameron "satanic" for saying that countries who desire aid from Britain ought to grant LGBT people their human rights. He's also said that LGBTs are "worse than pigs and dogs."
"Do not get tempted into [homosexuality]," Mugabe told a group of young people in a Zimbabwean mining town in November. "You are young people. We will punish you severely."
A Zimbabwean MP is under arrest after she called President Robert Mugabe a homosexual, the Daily Nation reports:
Mrs Lillian Kirenyi, a legislator from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party was on Tuesday charged with undermining the authority of President Mugabe.
The court was told that the MP committed the alleged offence during an address to party supporters on December 9.
She allegedly said: “Zanu PF (President Mugabe’s party) members been attacking MDC president Tsvangirai alleging he is pro-homosexuals yet Robert Mugabe has practiced homosexuality with (Professor) Jonathan Moyo (former Information minister) and Canaan Banana (Zimbabwe’s first ceremonial president).”
Mugabe Condemns UK PM David Cameron's 'Satanic' Plan to Cut Aid to Countries That Don't Support Gay Rights
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe isn't having it, the Telegraph reports:
Mr Mugabe, 87, said the concept was "stupid" and that homosexuality was inconsistent with African and Christian values.
His view will garner much sympathy both at home and elsewhere in Africa, where homosexuality is frequently a taboo subject and outspoken opposition to it a vote-winner.
"It becomes worse and Satanic when you get a prime minister like Cameron saying countries that want British aid should accept homosexuality," he said. "To come with that diabolical suggestion to our people is a stupid offer."
Speaking to a group of young people at a community event in a mining town in Zimbabwe's Midlands region, he added that it was "impossible for John to marry Jack or Maria to marry Theresa".
"Do not get tempted into that (homosexuality). You are young people. We will punish you severely," he was quoted as saying in the state-run Herald newspaper. "It is condemned by nature. It is condemned by insects and that is why I have said they are worse than pigs and dogs."
Uganda, Ghana, and Malawi are among the countries that have already responded with anger to the PM's proposed cuts.
Zimbabwean PM Morgan Tsvangirai has caused an uproar from conservatives in his country over his recent show of support for protecting gays in the consitution.
Said Tsvangirai in a statement today clarifying his position:
“I want to put finality and closure to an issue that has been misinterpreted, the issue of the so-called gay rights. My beliefs on this issue are a matter of public record. My beliefs manifest themselves in my practice. I am a Christian associated with the Methodist church. I am a father. I am a grandfather. I am a family man. I am a Zimbabwean and I know the strong feelings of Zimbabweans about this issue. I have those strong feelings too but in the end, Zimbabweans are making their own Constitution and it is that Constitution which will bind every Zimbabwean. What I refuse to do as a loyal son of God and as a social democrat is to persecute, to judge, to condemn and to vilify people for their own opinions because judgment is a preserve of God the Almighty. The Book of Luke Chapter 6 verse 37: “Do not judge and you will not be judged, do not condemn and you will not be condemned. The Book of John Chapter 8 verse 7: “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone… So while I may differ with them, as a Christian and as a social democrat, I refuse to throw a stone at them."
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."