Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe used a speech on Friday to speak out against gay rights and countries seeking to punish African nations who punish homosexuality, threatening to expel pro-gay diplomats.
Said Mugabe during celebrations to mark his country's 34th independence anniversary at the giant National Sports Stadium, Harare:
"Some years ago, l was warned that there was some secret organisation of that nature which was addressing young men…to join them as homosexuals. This nonsense from Europe, keep their homosexual nonsense there and not cross over with it….We did not fight for this Zimbabwe so it can be a homosexual territory. We will never have that here and if there are any diplomats who will talk of any homosexuality, just tell me. We will kick them out of the country without any excuse. We won’t even listen."
Mugabe added that the world will never see homosexuality decriminalized in Zimbabwe:
"They even refuse today that if a man has sex with another man it’s wrong, its sodomy. If you pass a law that rejects homosexual marriages, ‘we will punish you’ like what they are doing to Uganda and us. And they say they want you to believe that if a man gets another man and they have a homosexual relationship, they have human rights to do so. If you pass a law that rejects homosexual marriages, ‘we will punish you’ like what they are doing to Uganda and us. And they say they want you to believe that if a man gets another man and they have a homosexual relationship, they have human rights to do so."
"What is wrong is wrong and cannot be right but they say no, human beings are free to marry each other, and look at the absurdity of it all, when God created the world, we leant from the Bible, He created animals, forests, lastly He created man. Because man was lonely, He got from the side of man, a rib and created a woman…that’s the start of society as we know it from the bible."