Bullies of this world must have trembled to hear Mugabe speak – Zanu-PF

2015-10-01 11:58
President Robert Mugabe. (AP)

President Robert Mugabe. (AP)

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WATCH: Mugabe exclaims 'we are not gays!' during UN address

2015-09-29 12:03

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe, deviated from his prepared remarks, during his Monday evening address to the United Nations General Assembly, to disparage homosexuality. WATCH

Harare – Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has reportedly hailed President Robert Mugabe's speech at the United Nations General Assembly this week, saying it was "timely and eloquent".  

Mugabe, 91, made headlines in New York after he told the UN that his country will not accept homosexuality. Mugabe openly said: "We are not gays".

The state-owned Herald newspaper quoted Zanu-PF’s spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo, as saying Mugabe’s speech was a "masterpiece", adding that it showed his "bravery".

Addressing what he called the "new" human rights agenda being pushed by the West and referring specifically to the issue of homosexuality, Mugabe, who is also the current African Union (AU) chair, said: "We reject attempts to prescribe new rights that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions and beliefs. We are not gays".

Watch the video on Mugabe’s speech here.

Massive infrastructural development

Mugabe also told the summit that the upholding of human rights was an obligation of all states, but castigated the West for giving themselves more power over other countries.

"... We reject the politicisation of this important issue and the application of double standards to victimise those who dare think and act independently of the self-appointed prefects of our time," Mugabe said.

Mugabe also tackled the issue of Africa's development and economy, saying the continent was not looking for handouts from donors.

"Africa is not looking for handouts. Rather it is looking for partners in massive infrastructural development in creating and exploiting the chains of its God-given natural resources and in improving the quality of life of the continent’s citizens," Mugabe was quoted as saying.   

Khaya Moyo said Mugabe’s speech was "factual in all dimensions".

"As usual, the president was fearless precise, focused and factual in all dimensions. He did not only speak for Zimbabwe but uplifted the spirit of Africa in his eloquent and free lecture particularly to the West.

'The meaning of humanity'

"Clearly the bullies of this world must have trembled to hear the president speak in their faces about the meaning of humanity."

Homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe and Mugabe has in previous years made headlines after he told gay people to go to "hell". He also stated that those of homosexual orientation were lower than "pigs, goats and birds".

Last year, the nonagenarian made headlines after he said gay rights were not human rights, adding Zimbabwe would never let children grow up thinking that there was an alternative to the God-prescribed marriage system.

Mugabe also indicated in his speech that the West’s interference into the domestic affairs of independent nations had triggered the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, according to reports.

Mugabe said that the "harrowing scenes of desperate refugees" seeking shelter from instability and war had been caused by "destabilising policies of external forces".

"This tragic situation could have been avoided through the respect of independence of other countries and non-interference in their internal affairs," Mugabe said.

Read more on:    un  |  zanu-pf  |  robert mugabe  |  simon khaya moyo  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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