Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has directed his anger towards Archbishop Desmond Tutu, whom he urged to step down in disgrace because of his pro-gay stance.
“.?.?.?then we have a respectable man, an archbishop. Tutu should just step down, because he supports gays, something that is evil. We say no to gays,” Mugabe said, addressing about 20?000 supporters at his rally in Bulawayo yesterday.
Mugabe also attacked American President Barack Obama.
“Obama is one of us – African – but his support for gays is very wrong. The Americans want us to embrace gays. I say go away with your money as long as you support gays,” he added.
Mugabe has never liked Tutu. In 2009, he said Tutu was “an angry, evil and embittered little bishop”.
Mugabe is set to address his last rally today at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. But the MDC T has been dealt a heavy blow – its planned “cross over” rally initially slated for tomorrow at the Harare International Conference Centre has been cancelled.
The party says the police argued that they did not have enough manpower to control crowds at the conference centre.
Zimbabwe goes to the polls on Wednesday and Mugabe is confident.
“Victory is ours,” he said as he ended his rally.