President scoffs at aid tied to gay rights

Lovemore Mataire Senior Reporter
GOVERNMENT will not accept aid from countries or organisations pushing for the acceptance of gays and lesbian marriages in Zimbabwe, President Mugabe has said. Speaking at the 30th 21st February Movement celebrations in Masvingo on Saturday, President Mugabe said any aid with conditions of acceptance of gays was filthy and would be rejected. “If aid is to be given on the basis that we accept the principles of gay marriages, let the aid stay where it is, it’s rotten, filthy aid and should not come to our country anyway,” said President Mugabe.

He bemoaned the current agricultural season, which he said had been affected by climate change, but assured the nation that Government was mobilising enough resources to alleviate hunger.

“It has been a bad year for us from the point of view of climate and our agricultural season has not gone that well. So we are having to ask for help for maize and other forms of grain,” said President Mugabe.

The President said all logistics for the importation and distribution of food were in place and transportation was the only sticking challenge. Cde Mugabe said no one should die of hunger and that the disabled and the elderly must be prioritised as they did not have the means to fend for themselves.

He said there was still need for more funding in order to overcome the current “bad patch” being experienced in the country. On youth issues, the President castigated child abusers saying stiffer court sentences had failed to deter offenders.

“What sex impulse is that that get you to see a little child? I have failed to understand what it is that gets these people to commit these abuses of children,” Cde Mugabe said. He said there might be need to cut the male’s sexual organ just as what the Arabs do in cutting a thief’s hand. “If you still want to abuse a child, I think it must be cut off,” said President Mugabe.

President Mugabe commended the Zanu-PF Youth League executive for their exceptional organisation and hosting of the event at Great Zimbabwe.

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