President Mugabe’s successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, says he won’t legalize gay relations in Zimbabwe

President Mugabe’s successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, says he won’t legalize gay relations in Zimbabwe

The new president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has dashed the hopes of the country’s LGBT advocates. He has stated that he has little intention of making life easier for LGBTI people in the country.

Mnangagwa, 75, recently replaced Robert Mugabe, who had ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years.

The new President took part in an interview with CNN in Davos, Switzerland. The Swiss town is currently playing host to the annual World Economic Forum. Leaders from all over the world are attending.

Mnangagwa told CNN’s Richard Quest of his determination to bring an end to corruption in his country. He said Zimbabwe is now “open for business.”

However, when Quest pressed him on whether he would do anything to advance LGBT rights in the country, he said, “Those people who want it are the people who should canvass for it, but it’s not my duty to campaign for this.”

Asked specifically if he would end the country’s ban on gay sex, he replied, “In our constitution, it is banned – and it is my duty to obey my constitution.”

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5 Comments

  1. Mandy
    January 26, 07:09 Reply

    Really not surprising at all. Our African leaders are predictable like that. Even the Ghanaian president that gave that interview that sounded like he was giving his country’s LGBT a chance, i hear he has now backtracked, saying he is not advocating for LGBT rights or something like that. sMH

  2. trystham
    January 26, 07:44 Reply

    This one doesnt want me setting Delle on him. He wee just be disgraced out of office

  3. KryxxX
    January 26, 07:50 Reply

    When they are all cut from same filthy and Paleolithic age fabric?

    Pfft!

    I expect nothing else.

    Moreover, he was once Mugabe’s VP, we should know better than to expect much from him. ? ?

  4. Delle
    January 26, 15:42 Reply

    Very well then. His reign will be as short as his IQ

    *packs luggage*

  5. quinn
    January 26, 17:33 Reply

    Umph…Please Next. These Zimbabwe and their wahala, they can never choose to reason with their heads.

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