Robert Mugabe

In an absurd statement, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe has said that the “gay world” is unnatural and that male homosexuality violates women’s rights by depriving them of having children.

“Mothers were given the talent to bear children. That talent doesn’t belong to men. When God created Adam … if Adam had desired a person like him it would not have made him any happier,” President Mugabe said at a women’s HIV/Aids and rights conference in Harare.

“When a man says he wants to get married to another man, we in Zimbabwe don’t accept it. We can’t talk of women’s rights at all if we go in that direction. It will lead to extinction,” he said on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Zimbabwe’s Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa told the visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay that the country stands behind its criminalisation of homosexuality and that it will continue to arrest gays.

Mugabe is proudly anti-gay and has previously described gays and lesbians as being “worse than pigs and dogs”. He has also stated that he will never allow gay and lesbian rights to be protected in the country’s new constitution.

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