President Mugabe (Pic: Jeremy Lock)
Notoriously homophobic Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has slammed Europe’s gay “filth” for imposing sanctions on his country.
According to AFP, Mugabe made the comment while speaking at the funeral of deputy intelligence chief Menard Muzariri.
“We don’t worry ourselves about the goings-on in Europe, about the unnatural things happening there, where they turn man-to-man and woman-to-woman. We say, well, it’s their country,” he ranted.
“If they want to call their country British Gaydom, it’s up to them. That’s not our culture. We condemn that filth.”
Mugabe is under growing international and regional pressure to mend the deteriorating power-sharing agreement with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
The 87-year-old despot has long railed against gays and lesbians, often describing them as being worse than dogs and pigs.
In July last year he swore to never allow LGBT equality to be included in the country’s constitution: “We say no to gays! We will not listen to those advocating the inclusion of their rights in the constitution,” he said.
Gay sex – along with members of the same sex holding hands, hugging, or kissing – is illegal in Zimbabwe with penalties of up to three years in jail. LGBT activists are regularly harassed by police.