Mugabe admits 'comrades' died of Aids

2012-03-01 19:53

Harare - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe admitted Thursday that some of his political allies have died of Aids, as he launched a programme urging parliamentarians to lead by example in fighting the disease.

"In my political family as well, comrades I have worked with perished and quite a number of them it has been HIV and Aids," Mugabe told lawmakers.

"Parliamentarians are certainly not immune to HIV/Aids and its consequences," Mugabe said.

"I have witnessed the challenges that both they and our people face as a result of HIV and Aids, and yet I do not recall any lawmaker who has come out in the open about their HIV status."

Three years ago, 88-year-old Mugabe admitted that members of his extended family had died of the disease, but he rarely speaks publicly about the disease that has exacted a heavy toll on his country.

Zimbabwe has made gains in fighting HIV, which had infected 14% of the population in 2009, down from 23% in 2003, according to the United Nations. Some experts attribute the drop to Zimbabwe's economic collapse, which left people without enough money to pursue multiple sexual partners.

"It is disappointing to notice that there are some leaders whose behaviour is at odds with an HIV/Aids-infested social environment," he said. "We should certainly not let ourselves be the epitome of the immorality that we condemn."

Zimbabwe has 1.1 million people living with HIV, including 150 000 children, according to the National Aids Council.

  • Max - 2012-03-01 20:06

    It seems that even AIDS has its pride by refusing to infect this clown.

      Pulverturm - 2012-03-01 20:24


      Jack - 2012-03-01 20:33

      But wait they will all want the western cure!! What are we to do with these hypocrites!! Arogant a-holes...the whole lot!!

      Irene - 2012-03-02 00:48

      Maybe that's why the old turd keeps going to Malaysia - looking for a miracle cure because one of his buddies infected him. No straight man walks hand in hand with another and the mere fact that he is so ultra homophobic gives it away.

      Ernest - 2012-03-02 08:32

      Visit Doctor Max something not right in your head

  • Nicholas - 2012-03-01 20:26

    So it looks as if he has finally stopped blamed the West for exacting this curse on his country?

      Hermann - 2012-03-01 20:33

      Hold it, he has not thought that far yet. Maybe saving it for his next speech.

  • brandon.conroy3 - 2012-03-01 20:55

    Mugabe - "I'm not gay, it is a vicious rumour started by the last sixteen man I've slept with!"

      Kagiso - 2012-03-07 10:22

      LOL, i knew tht old gorilla was a closeted gay....

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