Zimbabwe: Mugabe seeks life in prison for homosexuals

Published: June 17, 2013

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has resume his verbal attacks on LGBT people, promising that he will make the country a “hell” for gays and lesbians if his Zanu PF party wins the July 31 election.

He proposed life sentences for homosexual activity, saying that the current law, which provides for up to a year in jail, is too lenient.

He also advocated tougher laws for child rapists and pedophiles — categories that he wrong-headedly lumps in with LGBT people.

NewsDay Zimbabwe reported on Mugabe’s speech yesterday at the Roman Catholic Church-run Bondolfi Teachers’ College’s graduation ceremony, in which Mugabe said he regretted that homosexuality still exists in Zimbabwe:

    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.

    After the polls, we will strengthen the law and make it really punitive and bitterly punishable for such people. At the moment, they get something like three months’ imprisonment.

    They should rot in jail.

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