By Telford Aduda
President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has once again come out in the open to tell the West that his country will not accept homosexuality, telling the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday: “We are not gays.”
Robert Mugabe used the United Nations podium on Monday evening to attack homosexuality in front of the general assembly.
Deviating from his prepared remarks, the 91-year-old leader of Zimbabwe reportedly barked: “We are not gays!”
Mugabe made the comment as he criticized western nations’ “double standards” and attempts to “prescribe ‘new rights’ that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions and beliefs.”
In the same speech, Mugabe claimed the UN human rights charter did not give states “the right to some to sit in judgement over others”.
“In that regard, we reject the politicization of this important issue and the application of double standards to victimize those who dare think and act independently of the self-anointed prefects of our time.”
“We equally reject attempts to prescribe ‘new rights’ that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions, and beliefs. We are not gays! Cooperation and respect for each other will advance the cause of human rights worldwide. Confrontation, vilification, and double-standards will not.” said Mugabe.
Mugabe’s remarks follow decades of state-sanction persecution against homosexuality, with male same-sex sexual activity remaining illegal within Zimbabwe.
A survey done in 2013 found that the African continent with the notable exception of South Africa is overwhelmingly intolerant of homosexuals.
Last year, President Mugabe 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.