Homosexuality: Zimbabwean gays 'give up'

Harare – Gays and lesbians in Zimbabwe have reportedly said that they have "given up" on their fight for same sex marriages, saying that their "conservative" nation will never accept homosexuality. 

This came a few weeks after Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa told the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group in Geneva that Zimbabwe would not be allowing homosexuality in the country

"With regards to areas that we felt we would not accept, it is issue of gays and homosexuality, which is unlawful to our country. We rejected those. There are few countries from Europe which recommended we reconsider our position with regard to adults of same sex marrying each other that we rejected," Mnangagwa was quoted as saying at the time.

According to New Zimbabwe, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (Galz) director, Chester Samba said that the "same marriages" issue was not even part of the recommendations his association had made ahead of the meeting in Geneva. 

"We anticipated that Zimbabwe was not going to approve recommendations addressing LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or intersex issues because we understood the context in Zimbabwe, how politicised the issue is. So, we never expected Zimbabwe to give any positive pronouncement around same sex conduct,” Samba was quoted as saying.

Samba said that Africa was not ready to accept homosexuality.

"Same sex marriage is an issue Africa is not ready to deal with and we (Zimbabweans) also as a community are not yet there in terms of addressing the issues that are addressing LGBTI," said Samba.

Zimbabwe remained a hugely anti-homosexual country, with President Robert Mugabe, 92, often lambasting gays and lesbians. 



We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Eskom has considered continuous load shedding at Stage 2, instead of introducing it when the power system faces a crunch. What are your thoughts?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I'm all for it - we're going to have power cuts regardless, so we might as well have some stability to better plan our lives
45% - 4799 votes
No thanks! I prefer having periods of no load shedding and we cannot normalise this crisis
55% - 5868 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.94
+0.7%
Rand - Pound
19.35
-0.1%
Rand - Euro
17.33
+0.3%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.68
-0.0%
Rand - Yen
0.12
+0.5%
Gold
1,636.48
+0.9%
Silver
18.63
+1.5%
Palladium
2,048.79
+0.3%
Platinum
861.50
+1.0%
Brent Crude
84.06
-2.5%
Top 40
57,290
0.0%
All Share
63,626
0.0%
Resource 10
56,215
0.0%
Industrial 25
79,529
0.0%
Financial 15
13,982
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE