Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has called British Prime Minister David Cameron “satanic” over reports that the UK could withhold aid from anti-gay countries.
“It becomes worse and satanic when you get a prime minister like Cameron saying countries that want British aid should accept homosexuality,” Mugabe said in a speech on Wednesday, reported the Herald.
“To come with that diabolic suggestion to our people is a stupid offer,” he added.
Mugabe has joined a growing list of heads of repressive African countries in condemning reports that their British foreign aid could be linked to human rights abuses.
LGBT rights groups on the continent have also slammed these reports, warning that the threat could lead to a backlash against African gays and lesbians.
In the speech, Mugabe took the opportunity to once again disparage and threaten his lesbian and gay citizens.
“Do not get tempted into that [homosexuality]. You are young people. If you go that direction, we will punish you severely,” Mugabe ranted.
“It is condemned by nature. It is condemned by insects and that is why I have said they are worse than pigs and dogs.”
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.
Mugabe has previously stated that he would never allow gay and lesbian rights to be enshrined in the country’s constitution.