Galz protest gay director's prosecution

HARARE - Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (Galz) has appealed to prosecutor-general Johannes Tomana to drop charges levelled against transgender Ricky Nathanson saying the prosecution was a waste of taxpayers’ funds.

Chesterfield Samba, Galz director, said the executive director of the Bulawayo-based modelling agency, who was recently arrested on accusations of being gay, was being persecuted.

“In an effort to ensure that justice is done we call on the prosecuting authority to preserve tax payers’ money by dropping such frivolous charges levelled against Ricky,” Samba said. 

“We are surprised that the police have chosen to persecute Ricky for using a toilet.

“It is common knowledge that on numerous occasions in this country, men and women continue to share public toilets as most of these facilities are in a deplorable state in various cities across the country and in need of urgent attention.

“The state of these public toilets continues to be unacceptable yet the law has turned a blind eye.
“As concerned citizens we demand the speedy refurbishment of public toilets in Zimbabwe. The dignity of Ricky and other women and men in Zimbabwe must be restored and preserved.”

Nathanson was hauled before the courts in Bulawayo this week on charges of criminal nuisance.

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