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Zimbabwe’s President says he won’t campaign for LGBT Rights

Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has shared his thoughts on the rights of LGBT people in his country.

In an interview with CNN’s Richard Quest at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 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.” 

In Zimbabwe, actions considered to be homosexual are illegal and “act involving contact between two males that would be regarded by a reasonable person as an indecent act.”

President Mnangagwa says he intends to uphold the constitution.

“In our constitution it is banned — and it is my duty to obey my constitution.”

Former President, Robert Mugabe was openly anti-gay. In 1995, said gay people “worse than dogs and pigs,” and in 2013 he added that they should be beheaded saying, “If you take men and lock them in a house for five years and tell them to come up with two children and they fail to do that, then we will chop off their heads.”

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