PM taken to task over gay rights

Zimbabwean church leaders say they have asked Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to publicly clarify his position on homosexuality following his calls in recent weeks for the country to uphold gay rights.

Morgan Tsvangirai
Morgan Tsvangirai

Tsvangirai, who has previously backed President Robert Mugabe’s notoriously hostile stance on gays and lesbians, last month told the BBC that he wanted Zimbabwe’s proposed new constitution to guarantee and protect the rights of homosexual people.

He has also told his supporters at a recent public meeting that the new governance charter should enshrine the rights of all Zimbabweans including homosexuals.

But the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe that yesterday met Tsvangirai in Harare said he told them that he does not condone homosexuality.

"He noted that he does not condone homosexuality and the church's plea was, let that come out very clear in the public domain," EFZ general secretary, Reverend Lindani Dube, told journalists.

Dube, who said Zimbabweans were a Christian people that he expected to reject any new constitution that upholds gays rights, called on national leaders to clearly state their opposition to same-sex relationships.

No comment was immediately available form Tsvangirai’s office on the meeting with the church leaders.

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