Gays fear crackdown after Mugabe 'win'

HARARE - “Now the real fear is kicking in,” said one LGBT Zimbabwean after President Robert Mugabe claimed an election victory this week.

Mugabe, who has ruled the country for 33 years, earlier this week claimed a landslide victory after pledging “hell for gays” if he was elected.

The opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led by Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, has responded by saying the country’s elections have been a “monumental fraud”, reported Sky News.

Gay Star News has first-hand accounts from LGBT Zimbabweans about the escalating harassment as a result of Mugabe’s hate-speech.

All names have been changed to protect their identity.

Speaking from Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, DM said: “This country is getting worse by the day for us LGBT people. I hope Mugabe’s threats of making the sentences stiffer were just mere politicking. Now the real fear is kicking in.”

In recent months Mugabe has intensified his anti-gay rhetoric as part of his election platform, saying he wants to change laws to ensure LGBT people ‘‘rot in jail’’ for life.

“Over the last three months Mugabe has been intensively mobilising an anti-homosexuality campaign,” said MC also from Harare.

“While Mugabe was campaigning for votes, he was castigating us. Before, people knew about homosexuality but didn’t want to talk about it, now they openly condemn us, and the violence is just too much.”

Other LGBT people are saying it’s best for them to keep silent, since self-identifying as homosexual is becoming increasingly dangerous.

GT from Chitungwiza said: “In my hometown we have been subject of insults, being forced to go to meetings and chant anti-gay slogans. We are known to be a lesbian couple and the harassment and intimidation is too much."

“We once reported a physical attack to the police, but the case was silenced. Now we can’t even report the people harassing us as the police are also on their side. So we have resorted to keeping quiet.”

Opposition party MDC has also kept quiet with regards to a policy statement on the legalisation of gay marriages.

While Mugabe has vowed gay marriages would never be accepted in Zimbabwe, the MDC has taken a slightly softer approach on their Frequently Asked Questions page online, saying it “will not condone gay marriages.”

“The MDC will not legalise gay marriages. The MDC upholds Christian values and wants to create a Christian State.”

ADT from Harare said: “We have always been linked to opposition party supporters, even when the opposition itself is also against us.

“Now if MDC loses we will suffer double trouble, first as homosexuals then as perceived opposition party supporters.”

NT from Bulawayo said: “If Zanu PF wins, I will have to leave the country because the Constitution criminalises same-sex marriages. Ordinary people deduce this to mean that homosexuality is criminal behaviour; whether I want to get married or not my existence is under threat here in my homeland.”

Comments (43)

His Excellence President Mugabe is very right. We need tighten laws with to regard to these 'canine' gays and the like minded idiots. How can you have a man sexing another man or woman to woman kind of affair? All words greatly fall short of ever describing this lizard or horse shit!

Blacka Dread - 5 August 2013

Sorry gays, we don't execute you for being gay, but we will discourage you. Bob has never executed one gay in the country. The man is religious, we will only try to preach against homosexuality but not execute our fellow countryman. You only need to tell your friends in the West to stop undermining the credibility of our elections and at the same time trying to impose an idiot to lead this educated nation.

reason - 5 August 2013

haiwawo kure kana motsvaka zvinonyangadza Jehova nobgoni kudaro hamufi makapanhuwidza panoti kutonga to hell with you naTsvangirai wenyu

murevi - 5 August 2013

We should go to Russia to study their anti gay legislation there and come back to make ours which would ban the preaching, promotion, association, revealing, solicitation, dressing, appearing like a gay person would, and belonging to or representing gay people, beliefs and stop the campaign for or on behalf of homosexuality practice in any form. The breach of the above should be punishable by death. Government should also ban gay or known gay people or those publicly displaying homosexual tendencies from visiting Zimbabwe and should deport such persons as soon as one is identified as a gay person or identified as being on a gay promotion mission to the country.

Naison Nyereyegona - 5 August 2013

We should go to Russia to study their anti gay legislation there and come back to make ours which would ban the preaching, promotion, association, revealing, solicitation, dressing, appearing like a gay person would, and belonging to or representing gay people, beliefs and stop the campaign for or on behalf of homosexuality practice in any form. The breach of the above should be punishable by death. Government should also ban gay or known gay people or those publicly displaying homosexual tendencies from visiting Zimbabwe and should deport such persons as soon as one is identified as a gay person or identified as being on a gay promotion mission to the country.

Naison Nyereyegona - 5 August 2013

AAAAAH. I don't think there are many people who are supporting guy rights here in Zimbabwe. I am an MDC man but I hate guys, even in the Bible God created Ever for Adam. Iwe ndiwe ani unoda ku manure. HANG them BOB. AAAAAAAA in this idea of giving a tough penalty I support mdara Bob. Lets hate what is bad and tell the truth. The only problem we have to cry of the memories of 2006/7/8 and party of 9 which come soon with the total administration of ZANU. Lets call a spd a spd,

Nosmas - 5 August 2013

These people should be given life in prison or punishable by death. What do they benefit from all that. Do they have children? Kill the bustard.

GAY - 5 August 2013

Why should they be given life in prison.They will waste our food and pollute our air. They just must not have life in Zimbabwe,"KILL THEM ALL".But don't kill Tsvangirayi even though he is a lost Zimbabwean. We will continue to educate him.

alloys - 5 August 2013

Why should they be given life in prison.They will waste our food and pollute our air. They just must not have life in Zimbabwe,"KILL THEM ALL".But don't kill Tsvangirayi even though he is a lost Zimbabwean. We will continue to educate him.

alloys - 5 August 2013

Why should they be given life in prison.They will waste our food and pollute our air. They just must not have life in Zimbabwe,"KILL THEM ALL".But don't kill Tsvangirayi even though he is a lost Zimbabwean. We will continue to educate him.

alloys - 5 August 2013

If you think it was a campaign for votes then do it and you shall see the reality from us zimbabweans not the President himself. You are worse than dogs go to hell we dont want you here.

Takeiteasy Marcaves - 5 August 2013

What happened to sodom and gommorah will definately happen if you make any stupid things

crocodile squad - 5 August 2013

All you gay people calm down, calm down , don't panic, no harm will come to you , but our advice to you at the moment is for you to lie low for as long as possible, do not shout your vhuvhuzelas out in the open, for you will attract attenion to your gayness. Just keep it quiet for kust now and no one will touch or harrass you. Just try and understand that not everybody in Zim tolerates homosexuality and lesbianism , do not force Africans to accept your gay culture coz Africans will fight back ruthlessly, this is Africa and Africa is still very very conservative in their culture and they do not tolerate gayness fullstop.

Bayooo Blazongo - 5 August 2013

This is why Zimbabwe is a country on a downward slide. Zimbabweans, just look around you at your country. Don't you think Mugabe is to blame for all the poverty and the nonexistent economy? This barbaric and ancient view of gay people is sick to say the least. And all of you who support this blatant discrimination against gay people should be ashamed of yourselves. Rather focus on fixing your country and getting rid of the dictator that is Mugabe. He is ruining your country . If you like living in squalor then keep that old homophobic bastard in power. In the end you will only have yourself to blame. This is NOT the dark ages. Wake up and join the modern world. Open your eyes and start thinking for yourselves for a change. www.gaywarfare.blogspot.com

Pierre - 5 August 2013

If you think it was a campaign for votes then do it and you shall see the reality from us zimbabweans not the President himself. You are worse than dogs go to hell we dont want you here.

Takeiteasy Marcaves - 5 August 2013

I'm starting to wonder if it's too late to help the third world? Maybe we should just back and let them rot. Apparently, those countries are full of ignorant monsters who think being "Christian" means hating all the people the government hates. Being Christian means having compassion. For everyone. Shape up, Zimbabwe. You're disgusting.

Jaded - 5 August 2013

@Takeiteasy Marcaves, is that a threat or an invitation? I promise you if any Zimbabweans harm any gay people the world will know and will act with outrage. Describing us homosexuals as worse than dogs is small minded and shows your ignorance. It is you who should be disgusted with yourself, your hatred and your small mindedness. Rather learn to live with diversity. It is not as bad or "evil" as ZANU PF wants you to believe. There is beauty and prosperity in democracy. Something Zimbabwe clearly knows nothing about, even 33 years after liberation. Stop believing Mugabe's lies! www.gaywarfare.blogspot.com

Pierre - 5 August 2013

It is disheartening to see such hateful comments, I'm African-American and I'm also gay. How can you be so hateful to people who have never done anything to harm you? Saying that gays deserve life in prison or death is no better the colonial white men saying all Africans and blacks should be slaves. You are condemning people for no reason, we don't choose to be gay! Instead of fearing us talk to us, we're people just like you. We have the same feelings, the same wants, the same urges. Murders, rapists, child molesters, drug lords.. These are the people who NEED to be put in jail for life. Zimbabwe's economy is already horrible it's time to get up and take back your country from a dictator. Be the first country to have Equality, and pave the way for a better Africa.

Justin Starks - 5 August 2013

To gays l also do not agree with ZANU but on this one ,you gays have to respect our culture there we do not compromise ,trying to reason you won't win this one .To avoid any trouble do not go to ZIM and try to practice this gay thing ,IF the police don't get you the public will

CASHTALK - 5 August 2013

@CASHTALK More threats, Don't worry, I am very sure your country will NOT get any gay tourists, Or many other tourists as well. Keep up your hate speech against gays and see how far that will get you in rebuilding your economy. Keep on being the thorn in the side of Africa with your mid evil beliefs. You are only hurting your own country by doing this. www.gaywarfare.blogspot.com

Pierre - 6 August 2013

Burn da Chi Chi Man

Mafira kureva - 6 August 2013

@pierre we dont need evil money , We may suffer for keeping the goog Word of Lord

Mafira kureva - 6 August 2013

@Mafira kureva "goog" is not a word. www.gaywarfare.blogspot.com

Pierre - 6 August 2013

the president is very right. all gays should rot in jail because nowhere in the bible is a law like that. God said get married and have kids saka vana vacho vanobvakupi if its man to man. rot in jail musasvibisa nyika yedu. go to countries that allow such unearthly things

betty - 6 August 2013

to hell with gays and gays thinking go to britain or wherever they want you. not here dont choke us with your gay thing. enjoy your money and your tourists somewhere we are not worse than dogs who know the difference between male and female.we not only hate gays thinking w dont want even near our boarders

tonderai mashoko - 6 August 2013

to hell with gays and gays thinking go to britain or wherever they want you. not here dont choke us with your gay thing. enjoy your money and your tourists somewhere we are not worse than dogs who know the difference between male and female.we not only hate gays thinking w dont want even near our boarders

tonderai mashoko - 6 August 2013

Homosexuality is a perversion of the highest debased and degraded order reserved only for reprobates. There comes a time when the word of God should be respected at all costs as to disregard so-called science, logic and all this nonsense that says homosexuality is natural and God-ordained. We would rather suffer for being right with God than accept this crap.

Lesley - 6 August 2013

Homosexuality is a perversion of the highest debased and degraded order reserved only for reprobates. There comes a time when the word of God should be respected at all costs as to disregard so-called science, logic and all this nonsense that says homosexuality is natural and God-ordained. We would rather suffer for being right with God than accept this crap.

Lesley - 6 August 2013

u got it u @Pierre Zimbos will rather be poor than feast on evil tourist money. So we will burn you Alive if we catch u , not even Mugabe himself or his Police but we the public. Repent for the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND

Mafira kureva - 6 August 2013

@tonderai mashoko, you don't want "gays near your boarders", well isn't it ironic then that so many Zimbabweans are flocking to South Africa fleeing from Zimbabwe to a country that protects gay rights and where gay marriage is legal!

Pierre - 6 August 2013

Reading these comments have made me physically ill. Yes, this is Africa and I'm African too even though I'm white. You people are proving once again how backwards Africa is and why there will never be a first world country on this continent. It's sad really but not very surprising considering how savage most of you still are, always turning to violence as a solution for everything, slaughtering the innocent and turning what was once a beautiful country into a wasteland filled with starving masses. Why don't you ask your God what he thinks about that when you see Him one day? Somehow I don't think you will though, there is a special circle in Hell for people who think like you do.

GeeGee Curtained - 6 August 2013

@Mafira kureva "So we will burn you Alive if we catch u" Well this is excellent advertisement for your country! This will make Zimbabwe a prime tourist destination because people just LOVE going for holidays in countries where they BURN PEOPLE ALIVE!

Pierre - 6 August 2013

I have noticed the people who are anti LGBT are the uneducated ones in this chat. They make no sense and cannot even spell correctly or construct sentences. Arguing with these people is hopeless as they cannot think for themselves and therefore cannot reason. They need a dictator like ol Bob to tell them how to feel, act and what to think.

TheROWster - 6 August 2013

create your own nation and practise all your evil techniques not here .Haaa zvokwadi mungachiona chitsvuku .this is not an evil lead nation .Viva Mugabe

VaGutu Ndawi - 6 August 2013

We are living in the 20th Century. All anti LGBT are sheep, they cant think for themselves, nor be proactive. They need someone to dictate to them and tell them what to do. The smartest thing Mugabe ever done, was to use the stupidity of his own nation against themselves. No hope for man kind!

No Hope - 6 August 2013

All black should be slaves again for white peoples....Blacks are only monkey, Don't forget white peoples will win over you black peoples who only bring disease......

peter - 6 August 2013

@Peter. WTF, you are a fucking idiot! The world has moved on from that racist bullshit. Do you really believe the shit your wrote here?! And I thought all the homophobic crap the idiots wrote on here were bad, but your comment is just vile! http://www.gaywarfare.blogspot.com/

Pierre - 7 August 2013

it's really dishearting to hear this in broad day light. being GAY or not will not change the world. Zimbabweans you claim to be rightious people and yet you are the most evil. which christianity do you claim to have when you kill and maim people. i want zimbabwe to know that we know the SONs of ZANU pf big wigs in neighbouring countries who are open GAYs and we will expose them. you always loose focus of reality because you claim to know what you are not suppose to know. it's not for you to judge GAYs because you are not GOD. Denga ramunoda kupinda racho haridi zvivi zvose kwete ngochani chete. Saka tose takafanana tirimafuta egehena. nekuti imi murivadzvanyiriri. keep on talking about GAYs and we will publish your sons and daughters in the newspapers. if it was your son wainzwa sei.

Danga Remombe - 7 August 2013

Why are westerners always never ashamed to tell Africans how to live their lives? They did it before 18th century - took our brothers as slaves, did it in the 19th century- took our lands. They continued in the 20th century - took our resources, now in the 21st century they want to compel us on how to make love? Holding us down in HIV/AIDS has been a successful agenda. In spite of millions of aid we still have 37million infections out of the world's 40 million! Now they want to add homosexuality with its infection rate of 60%! A new generation of Africans have emerged. And they are thinking. NEVER AGAIN WILL WE BE MANIPULATED BY THE WEST. The most miserable people among us are those Africans who fall for any deception falling as crumbs from the table of those who don't love us much. I have a word for all who choose to be homosexuals and lesbians: westerners want you, right? Then go there. Claim asylum and stay in Europe and America. That's a way to get back all they stole from you. Even non-homosexuals should begin to explore this option. Zimbabwe is poor, not because of President Mugabe but because of western conspiracy.

Nkem - 7 August 2013

@Pierre. Why are you so obsessed about Zimbabwe laws? There are too many interlopers from you country. Why not focus on your own people. Yours is an economy in recession too. The entire europe is in recession - spain, greece, italy, euro zone? Making mockery of Zimbabwe economy is even laughable. Zimbabwe will recover. it will not turn its citizens to walk naked on nude beaches, practice bestiality or make love through the anus in order to have economic recovery! Africans are decent people please.

Nkem - 7 August 2013

Mugabe and christian values is a complete oxymoron. He displaced many generations of white farmers through violence and harrassment and stoled the lands they legally purchased from the government. His is a racist, bigot and hides behind the cloak of christianity but is a spawn of satan. A bullett between the eyes of the this human trash is what is needed to cleanse Zimbabwe of the filth it has become. May you rot in hell Mugable and those who follow you. And you will rot in hell no question about it.

jason jepperson - 8 August 2013

@Nkem, "Africans are decent people please." Well it sure doesn't seem like it when one read some of the vile comments some "Africans" are making on here.

Pierre - 9 August 2013

Dont mean to be rude but i as an individual i will never tolerate that sin,gays can be gays somewhere else on in my country,its demeaning ,God hates ugly and thats ugly to me and my people.Go to america and do it because when god destroys the people he destroys even the people that suport such kind of sin

belinda - 13 December 2013

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