Keep your aid, Bob tells pro-gay West

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has told western countries to keep their aid if they intended to use it as a condition to introduce gay rights in Zimbabwe.

Gays not welcome in Zimbabwe ... President Mugabe on Saturday

Gays not welcome in Zimbabwe … President Mugabe on Saturday

The remarks come at a time his government has appealed for US$1.6 billion to feed millions of locals facing hunger after a severe drought.

Mugabe, a rabid critic of homosexuality, was addressing thousands of his followers during a televised 92nd birthday celebration in Masvingo’s Great Zimbabwe on Saturday.

The event was organised by Zanu PF youths under the 21st February Movement, a youth based programme which was organised to coincide with his birthday.

In his address, Mugabe urged the youths not to embrace everything that comes with globalisation but keep their identity as black Africans.

“The youth must continue protecting our moral dignity of African people despite the pressures that are coming as a result of globalisation,” Mugabe said.

“Let our youth champion high moral standards in their conduct of their various responsibilities at all levels.

“Never ever accept that a society can condone marriages of man to man, a woman to woman. The so-called gays; no, they have no place in our society.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron is on record as threatening to cut aid to African countries that continue to violate gay rights.

Most African countries, Zimbabwe included, look up to their former western colonisers turned benefactors for humanitarian assistance and credit lines.

But President Mugabe, whose country is desperate for food aid to feed an estimated 3 million Zimbabweans affected by the current El Nino induced drought, still found the aid as still too “filthy”.

“If aid, as I understand, is to be given on that basis – that we must accept the principle of gay marriages – then let that aid stay where it is.

“… we don’t want it; its rotten aid filthy aid and we don’t want anything to do with it,” Mugabe said.

“And they should not come to our country anyway.”

The Zimbabwean leader has previously described gays and lesbians as “worse than pigs and dogs” which he said were able to identify the opposite sex.

Mugabe’s anti-gay stance has often found favour with even some of his worst critics is the country’s conservative society.

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