By OBERT MADONDO
I’m not surprised that the US State Department’s annual human rights report for 2009 damns Zimbabwe. It’s no secret that gay Zimbabweans are under siege.
What’s insulting about this report is this: as usual, Zimbabwe dictator, Robert Mugabe, is blamed. Nothing is said of Zimbabwe Prime Morgan Tsvangirai’s part in the persecution.
Mr. Tsvangirai is an anti-gay bigot just like Mr. Mugabe.
Last month, Tsvangirai and Mugabe slammed Zimbabwe’s homosexuals. Speaking during a Women’s Day celebration, Mr. Mugabe said homosexuality was “just madness … insanity”, etc. No surprises here. Mr. Mugabe is an unapologetic gay-basher who insists that homosexuals are “worse than pigs and dogs”.
Mr. Tsvangirai agreed:
“The President has spoken on the issue of gay rights, men who breathe to other men’s ears.Never, I don’t accept that culture. Why do you look for other men when women make up 52 percent of the population? Men are few.”
Prime Minister Tsvangirai vowed to oppose the inclusion of gay rights in Zimbabwe’s proposed new constitution.
Mr. Tsvangirai’s homophobia is a betrayal of the ideal, post-Mugabe liberal Zimbabwe we have come to expect, a country that protects the rights of all.
But it is also an insult to the international community. Mr. Tsvangirai’s inflated global profile derives from the unadulterated support he has received from the international community in the last ten years of his failed struggle to bring down the dictator.
The international community gave this man awards for human rights. He was nominated for last year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Recently, US President Barack Obama hosted Mr. Tsvangirai at the White House.
But then, Mr. Tsvangirai is following in Mr. Mugabe’s footsteps. He is a Robert Mugabe in democratic disguise.
In the early ’80s, Mr. Mugabe exterminated an estimated 10,000 innocent black opposition supporters. The international community barely chastised him.
Several major Western universities awarded Mr. Mugabe honorary degrees. The US’ University of Massachusetts and UK’s University of Edinburgh are two of them.
In 1994, Mr. Mugabe became the Knight Commander of the Order of Bath, knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
Original Source: Global Diversity Post