HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe on Friday threatened to expel foreign diplomats who try to promote gay rights in the southern African country.
“We did not fight for this Zimbabwe so it can be a homosexual territory,” said Mugabe, during a nationally televised ceremony marking the 34th anniversary of the country’s independence from Great Britain.
Mugabe said he was “warned” years ago of a “secret organization” in Europe to recruit young men into homosexuality.
“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,” he said.
Article continues belowMale 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 said his country will not give in to Western demands for Africans to decriminalise “sodomy.”