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Mugabe vows to strengthen penalties against gays: ‘They should rot in jail’

Monday, June 17, 2013

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe on Sunday pledged to strengthen penalties against gays and lesbians if his Zanu PF party wins the upcoming elections.

In a speech at the Roman Catholic Church-operated Bondolfi Teachers College, Mugabe said current laws against homosexuality were “too lenient,” and said, “After the polls, we will strengthen the law and make it really punitive and bitterly punishable for such people.”

Robert Mugabe

“At the moment, they get something like three months’ imprisonment. They should rot in jail [...] We want a nation guided by strong values, we cannot give up our values for money,” he said.

Mugabe vowed that gay marriage would never be accepted in Zimbabwe and seemed to conflate LGBT people with rape.

“We do not have a culture of men marrying men or women marrying women. We cannot accept it, no, no, no. These things are taboo in our society.” said Mugabe.

The proposed draft constitution of Zimbabwe, which Mugabe says will be ratified if he wins, reads: “Persons of the same-sex are prohibited from marrying each other.”

Mugabe also praised the Catholic Church for “resisting” gay issues, while criticizing the Anglican Church for accepting gays.

“I am glad in the Catholic Church there is stiff resistance to homosexuality, unlike in the Anglicans in Britain where the church accepts it.” he said. “Where is the church going?”

Male homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe, and in 2006 the country’s government amended the law which now states that sodomy is any “act involving contact between two males that would be regarded by a reasonable person as an indecent act,” thereby criminalizing holding hands, hugging, or kissing.

During Zimbabwe’s annual independence celebrations in 1995, Mugabe proclaimed that homosexuality “degrades human dignity,” is “unnatural” and “worse than dogs and pigs.”

Since then, Mugabe has increased the political repression of Zimbabwe’s LGBT community.

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  1. And he should break his neck in a fall.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:40pm
  2. Why isn’t HE rotting in jail?

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:41pm
  3. penalty im glad to live in the u.s

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:41pm
  4. anybody know someone who can “accidentally” trip him?

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:42pm
  5. How about Mugabe rot in HELL!

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:43pm
  6. He’s the one who has a rotten soul. Deplorable.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:46pm
  7. maybe it should be him in jail?

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:46pm
  8. Karma is a monster only when you are…here’s to karma giving him what he deserves

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:46pm
  9. This is the asshole who legalized rape for lesbiennes in hopes of curing them!Yeap!He should get raped see if he likes it!

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:47pm
  10. From a man wearing a snappy sash and big necklace. Puh-leaze. Me thinks she doth protest too much.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:47pm
  11. Life is too short for this garbage. My heart goes out to anyone in Zimbabwe being arrested and punished for spreading the love.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:49pm
  12. And Somone in there country needs to over-throw there leader for bashing on the LGBT Comunitys there…this guys is yet another fucking ass wipe***********

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:51pm
  13. he legalized rape wtf they better kill me because ill castrate there ass and that will not cure a lesbian either sick

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:51pm
  14. He makes me Sick !

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:52pm
  15. What an evilly disgusting human being.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:53pm
  16. Sick

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:54pm
  17. Disgusting man

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:55pm
  18. What the hell is wrong with him,he needs to riot in jail,for saying stupid shit like that

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:56pm
  19. What’s it to him? It ain’t like some gay person is gonna come onto him. He can’t get a dog to hump his leg!

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:56pm
  20. This man s an enemy of humanity. He must be stopped.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:56pm
  21. I thought his name was Muggle at first… but seriously he needs to fall down some stairs…onto some spikes.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:59pm
  22. Pretty sure his party actually lost the last election…

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:00pm
  23. Says the man who heralded the worst hyperinflation in world history.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:03pm
  24. Do these people in developing nations know how these ridiculous, homophobic policies make their countries look in the eyes of the civilized world? Bunch of ignorant, knuckle-dragging, stone age bigots. Maybe you’ll join the 21st century one day, Mugabe. Til then, enjoy being a relic of humanity’s barbaric and unenlightened past. You and your ilk will be gone soon enough.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:05pm
  25. Sounds like Mugabe has some skeletons in his closet and how dare he legalize rape to “cure” lesbians he should rot in jail and in hell for his oppression of the LGBT community >.< !!!!

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:08pm
  26. Just terrible!

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:15pm
  27. creep will get his

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:15pm
  28. He is abhorrent

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:16pm
  29. He should get AIDS and die … oh, yeah “God forbid.”

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:17pm
  30. Maybe someone should chop his head off or burn him at the stake.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:18pm
  31. Shameful!

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:20pm
  32. I hope he is raped by an elephant.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:21pm
  33. Yes, such a tragedy,

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:22pm
  34. Man, what a shit stain. People like that should have been aborted

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:24pm
  35. Dickhead!!

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:24pm
  36. If the bible is really right, he’ll rot in Hell for all eternity for judging others.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:25pm
  37. I second that!

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:26pm
  38. You are a DICKtator and a ASSHOLE Mugabe…

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:27pm
  39. sounds like the republican party.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:29pm
  40. Youd think they would be more for equality. But i guess the slaves still think the world owes them.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:31pm
  41. 3rd world bastard

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:33pm
  42. ..and this man should be tossed into a volcano.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:33pm
  43. When someone hates so deeply, it usually is because that is who they are. I bet he’s gay and hiding it. Someone needs to let everyone know who he is and see how he likes it. Turn the tables. Hateful people..

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:34pm
  44. And bigots will rot in hell!

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:34pm
  45. this is one of the many reasons why we can’t have nice things.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:39pm
  46. Glad I don’t live there.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:45pm
  47. Do you think this ignorant idiot would get away with such bigoted statements if he were the president of the United States? Helll no.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:47pm
  48. :(

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:49pm
  49. He should rot in hell….

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:49pm
  50. very sad…..very very sad.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:52pm
  51. What a complete idiot. Jesus.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:54pm
  52. When dictators can’t deliver on a working economy…they look for SCAPEGOATS. Top sign of being a failure.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:01pm
  53. tuff tity said the kitty deal wiht it toad face

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:04pm
  54. let me get this right. mugabe is talking about toughening the penalties against homosexuality in his country and he is using as his example of moral superiority the catholic church????? he states there is a morality to the conduct of the church in this arena. absolutely incredible. if it were not for the absolute barbaric genocidal intent of such a stance, i would consider that this is supremely ironic, given the clergy scandal and everything. also given the undercurrent of homosexuality that has been purported to be in the vatican, this could not be written by hollywood with any more irony. the man should exercise caution when appearing in public. should any further deaths arise from this brutal regime he should be tried as a war criminal.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:06pm
  55. Anyone that is against humanity in the form of violence towards innocent people should be put on trail and be hung in town square! ENOUGH with letting these evil people run our world!

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:10pm
  56. Bigotry dwelling inside a person of such power, is a danger to his own people, even if he doesn’t recognize the people whom he despises. This is so disgusting!

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:21pm
  57. Repugnant!

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:21pm
  58. eh.. how about let’s assassinate his cunt ass :L

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:42pm
  59. Pathetic excuse for a human! Guess he would have approved slavery too?

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:48pm
  60. Can we please make sure these ignorant aholes are not on our purse strings?!

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:54pm
  61. why is it ok to sound like Hitler when it comes to gays?

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 5:05pm
  62. fucking nigger …

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 5:10pm
  63. Mugabe you hateful man, hurry up and die so that ALL Zimbabweans may live in freedom from oppression

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 5:18pm
  64. I’m envisioning a laser dot on its (Mugabe’s) forehead.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 5:32pm
  65. Good point Alan…I was thinking the same thing. Absolutely inhuman!

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 5:37pm
  66. he should rot in hell

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 5:45pm
  67. Prick of the year award goes to ???

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 5:53pm
  68. Scott if that happened I wouldn’t fell a bit sorry for him I would lmao!

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 5:55pm
  69. bet he’s a closet case himselt.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 5:58pm
  70. He is insane. I hope he is not elected.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:19pm
  71. This is so messed up………I know folks don’t like to hear it…….but we can thank Christian missionaries for this shit……….homophobia is not indiginous to Africa

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:32pm
  72. He should rot.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:32pm
  73. God will take care of those people, all people who do wrong to others. Africa will suffer their punishment.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:35pm
  74. HATER !!!

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:37pm
  75. Fuck Mugabe! let his family be burnt alive by the KKK! n his balls thrashed by a shower of hammers.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:59pm
  76. Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 7:32pm
  77. These people can rationalize anything. This makes them dangerous to everyone.

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 7:54pm
  78. HE MUST BE stopped

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 8:39pm
  79. i hope he loses his election

    Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 8:39pm