Mugabe Blasts Cameron On Gay Rights

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on Saturday told British Prime Minister David Cameron “to hell with you” over his calls to respect gay rights.

He said this as he celebrated his 88th birthday at a stadium in the eastern border town of Mutare.

“Nature is nature. It has created male and female. That’s how we were born, so we reject that outright and say to hell with you.” Mugabe told thousands of supporters at the occasion.

“You David Cameron, are you suggesting that you don’t know that or is it some kind of insanity or part of the culture of Europeans.”In their newspapers, that’s one of my sins. That I called (gays) worse than pigs and dogs because pigs know there are males and females. It’s even in the Bible that you create through the system of marrying.

“That’s how we were born, so we reject that outright and say to hell with you. I won’t even call him a dog because my own dog will complain and say, but what have I done.

.”Cameron said at the Commonwealth summit last year that countries receiving British aid should respect human rights, including gay rights.The issue has re-emerged as Zimbabwe drafts a new constitution, with debate on whether to follow neighbouring South Africa’s model and include gay rights in the charter.

He also urged voters to reject gay rights in a new constitution, currently being drafted as a key step toward new elections to replace Mugabe’s rocky unity government with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

“Please, young men and women, you don’t have the freedom for men to marry men and women to marry women. You have the freedom for men to marry women. That’s God’s freedom. That’s what created you and me.”

But he urged his supporters not to resort to violence, as debate over the charter and the date for new polls has intensified over the last week, with Mugabe insisting on fresh polls this year.

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