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Zimbabwe’s LGBT community in fear after Mugabe’s disputed re-election victory

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s LGBT community remains in fear following the re-election of President Robert Mugabe, who pledged during campaign rallies to impose tighter anti-gay legislation and called for gays to be jailed or beheaded.

Mugabe has been promising tougher measures against gay people in Zimbabwe, including long prison sentences, and at one point last month called for beheading gays.

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Robert Mugabe

It is still unclear as to the intentions of Mugabe regarding tightening the already harsh anti-gay legislation of Zimbabwe.

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.

Mugabe, however, said during an electoral campaign in June that laws against homosexuality were “too lenient,” and promised, “After the polls, we will strengthen the law and make it really punitive and bitterly punishable for such people.”

Samba Chesterfield, chair of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), told LGBTQ Nation: “Now that Mugabe has a two thirds majority, there is nothing to prevent it from tinkering with the constitution regarding LGBT people.”

“It only a matter of time before we know which of his electoral promises will be delivered,” said Chesterfield. “For the gay community it’s a difficult period in our live just contemplating what the future might be.”

Mugabe was declared the winner of the July 31 July elections with 61 percent of the vote and his Zanu-PF party gained a two-thirds majority in parliament.

But the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has claimed massive fraud and says it will go to court.

Zanu-PF has denied allegations of fraud.

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26 more reader comments:

  1. WHAT THE FUCK IS THE U.N. DOING?!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:21am
  2. He looks like the kind of man that will praise God, Jesus and Christianity on camera and be a gentle charmer of integrity… and have to answer to over 3,000 missing people and turned up bodies in ditches in 2 to 3 years.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:22am
  3. I see a Golden Globe and Oscar winning movie role for a young son or nephew of Forest Whitaker in about 15 to 20 years… James is right… people in the ditches and charred skulls in the lakes of Zimbabwe will be coming to a village soon.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:28am
  4. God (or perhaps The Gods) will look at the giant scar Mugabe left on the world and factor it in to what kind of afterlife He (or They) will design for him.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:40am
  5. This ass bag is just pathetic…..he is the reason his country sucks and is always on the brink of collapse….. he is filled with hate and he is a coward.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:43am
  6. He is as ugly as he is stupid

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:44am
  7. Evidence that “democracy” isn´t unequivocally superior to other political systems.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:47am
  8. “re-election”…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:50am
  9. @Lucien-Joseph Galloy: It is superior, what they have in Zimbabwe is not and have never been democracy… Democracy is superior to any other political systems we know of, since the dreams some people have come up with just never accounted for humans and thus never worked…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:52am
  10. mads, democracy is a huge failure when you have a country full of idiots. look at our own country

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:53am
  11. Jailed or beheaded? He must be a devil worshiper. God said “Thou shalt not kill” and he meant it.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:44am
  12. racist and homophobic… what a guy right?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:34am
  13. He is in love with Putina, copycat…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 11:45am
  14. I hope somebody shoots the S.O.B.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 11:53am
  15. those who oppose LOVE……….sorry for their souls!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:18pm
  16. Shane, the only downside to democracy is possible stalemate when two sides decide that fighting eachother is more important than doing what they were elected to do, a common problem in stable long term democracies, especially in dual party systems.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:48pm
  17. I suggest the LGBT community in Zimbabwe GET OUT OF THEIR

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:49pm
  18. I´m sure blacks would never have gotten their civil rights they enjoy today if they had your mentality Chello.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:52pm
  19. Let this African nation be disease and starvation ….

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:11pm
  20. Don´t live in FEAR!! FIGHT!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:49pm
  21. We gotta stop giving money to Africa it only goes in his pocket anyway

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:00pm
  22. PLEASE STOP all aid to Zimbabwe !!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:55pm
  23. Another crazy!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:56pm
  24. i noticed some people adding religious *if that is the bases for his actions* i do not recall any that support hatred and discord.there are some that have two paths one can walk but even then,those who walk the path of hatred,walk it on their own.i honestly feel that his views and actions,are his own and are fueled by pure ignorance.and supporting the safety of their LGBT community,is not a negative thing,so please dont make it seem as such.all those in history,who were held back and oppressed,had support and even if it was small support behind closed doors,they had it and thats why they were able to continue to another day,while still suffering it constantly.Until one woman finally said enough and took any punishment that would come at her,even her own death-if thats what it took.its alright to wish the innocent out of there,while demanding rightful judgement on those who deserve it.and i agree with joseph,those over there who can not leave or find safety,do not be controlled or treated as an animal.take a stand and fight! only YOU can be seen as equal and only you can gain that freedom.even if armies,people,support came in,they need to hear from you! only you can change your country and its point of views! let your rage be heard and your needs told!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:48pm
  25. What a piece of crap this idiot is…may he die a slow painful death :)

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 8:35pm
  26. He´s a loser…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:23pm