Mu­gabe angers donors

Lesotho Times - - Africa -

HARARE – Sev­eral United Na­tions agen­cies have re­port­edly con­demned Zim­bab­wean Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe’s re­cent re­marks on ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity at the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly in New York.

Mu­gabe, 91, made head­lines last week when he again openly told the West his coun­try will not ac­cept ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. Mu­gabe told the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly: “We are not gays.”

Ad­dress­ing what he called the “new” hu­man rights agenda be­ing pushed by the West and re­fer­ring specif­i­cally to the is­sue of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, Mu­gabe, who is also the cur­rent African Union (AU) chair, said: “We re­ject at­tempts to pre­scribe new rights con­trary to our val­ues, norms, tra­di­tions and be­liefs. We are not gays.”

A News Day re­port said on Mon­day that Mu­gabe’s tough stance against ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity had an­gered donors, among them the UN De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme, UN Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Unesco) and UN Chil­dren’s Fund.

US pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Hil­lary Clin­ton also re­port­edly ex­pressed con­cern over Mu­gabe’s re­marks.

Ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is il­le­gal in Zim­babwe and Mu­gabe has in pre­vi­ous years made head­lines af­ter he told gay peo­ple to go to “hell”. He also stated those of ho­mo­sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion were lower than “pigs, goats and birds”.

Last year, Mu­gabe made head­lines af­ter he said gay rights were not hu­man rights, adding Zim­babwe would never let chil­dren grow up think­ing there was an al­ter­na­tive to the God-pre­scribed mar­riage sys­tem.

Zim­bab­wean PRES­I­DENT Robert MU­GABE

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