countries, a leading Zambian pastor has said.
Dr Bernard Nwaka, who is among guest speakers at the Celebration Ministries International’s annual celebrations dubbed “Action Conference” made the remarks while delivering a sermon on Thursday.
He said Zambia and Zimbabwe were Christian nations that were not expected to adopt ungodly practices.
Zimbabweans told Copac during the outreach programme that they wanted homosexuality outlawed despite efforts by MDC-T to have it enshrined in the new supreme law of the country.
“We admired your President Dr Mugabe when he stood against same-sex marriages,” said Dr Nwaka, who is the founder of Living Waters Global Churches in Africa, UK and the United States of America.
“There are very few Presidents who can stand strong like that. We are not so poor and desperate to the extent that we can be bought. Africa is not for sale.”
President Mugabe has been consistent against homosexuality while MDC-T leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been vacillating.
Dr Nwaka said since the Zambian Constitution recognised that they were a Christian nation, the church could successfully challenge at the courts whoever tried to bring ungodly practices.
“If any funny person stands up and say they want to legalise same-sex marriages, abortion and pornography we will stand up and say the Constitution says we are a Christian nation.
“I have brought a message to say that Zimbabwe shall live and not die. Zimbabwe shall live. Fear not concerning the coming elections. It is well . . . It is well,” said Dr Nwaka.
Delivering a sermon at last year’s conference when the Constitution was still being written, Celebration Ministries International founder, Pastor Tom Deuschle, said homosexuality was not supposed to be legalised because God frowned at such vices.
He said there was no way, the country could legalise something that God condemned.
“Today we hear of the discussion on lesbians and gays that we are supposed to legalise this (in the Constitution during the Constitution-making process).
“It is an insult to the respect that we are supposed to show God. We can’t respect what is dishonourable. We don’t condemn gays and lesbians, we love them but what they are doing is a sin, it is an abomination.”
President Mugabe once called gays and lesbians “worse than pigs and dogs”.
During the Constitution-making process, PM Tsvangirai told BBC News that gay rights were “human rights”.
Mr Tsvangirai had in the past joined President Mugabe’s condemnation of gay relations saying he concurred with the President’s views abhorring homosexuality.
Homosexual acts are illegal in Zimbabwe, as in most African countries where many people view homosexuality as unChristian and unAfrican.
Mr Tsvangirai told BBC there was a “very strong cultural feeling” against homosexuality in Zimbabwe, but he would defend gay rights if he became president.
President Mugabe in 2011 said homosexuals and lesbians would be punished severely for their behaviour which is inconsistent with African and Christian values.
He made the remarks at the launch of the Tongogara Community Share Ownership Trust at Unki Mine in Midlands.
He said this after British Prime Minister David Cameron said London would not give aid to countries that do not embrace gay rights.
Said the President: “Do not get tempted into that (homosexuality). You are young people. Mukaenda ikoko we will punish you severely.”
“It becomes worse and Satanic when you get a Prime Minister like Cameron saying countries that want British aid should accept homosexuality.
“To come with that diabolical suggestion to our people is a stupid offer,” President Mugabe said.
“It is condemned by nature. It is condemned by insects and that is why I have said they are worse than pigs and dogs.”
The President said it was impossible for John to marry Jack or Maria to marry Theresa.
It was around the same time when PM Tsvangirai told BBC News that:
“It’s a very controversial subject in my part of the world. My attitude is that I hope the constitution will come out with freedom of sexual orientation, for as long as it does not interfere with anybody. To me, it’s a human right.”
The remarks resulted in Zimbabweans condemning him for trying to promote European values.