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Mugabe, Tsvangirai reject gay rights for Zimbabwe charter

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Morgan Tsvangirai (IPA: /ˈmɔ(r)gən ˌtsvaŋgiˈra.i/) (the 's' and the 'v' are co√§rticulated) born March 10, 1952) is a Trade unionist,Human rights activist, Democrat and President of the mainstream  has backed President Robert Mugabe's stance against including gay rights in a new constitution, state media reported Friday.

The two were speaking at a belated celebration in a Harare suburb Thursday of International Women's Day International Women's Day (IWD) is marked on March 8 every year. It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women. , which was on March 8.

Mugabe reiterated his opposition to rights for gays, whom he has described as "worse than pigs and dogs".

"I heard the issue was being raised at the constitution making process," Mugabe said. "Those who do it, we will say, they are wayward. It is just madness, insanity."

"That is not what we can allow," Mugabe said, according to according to
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 the state-run news agency New Ziana.

Tsvangirai said he agreed with the president's stance.

"Why should a man seek to have a relationship with another man when women make up 52 percent of the population? In fact, men are fewer than women," he said.

Homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe, where Mugabe has railed against the gay community for more than a decade, although the group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe is allowed to operate.

Neighbouring South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa.  is the only nation on the continent that gives equal rights to gays.

In nearby Malawi, a couple has been jailed since December after holding the country's first same-sex wedding.

Kenyan police last month arrested five people who were apparently guests at a planned gay wedding.

In Uganda a lawmaker has proposed a bill that would impose tough penalties for homosexuality, including the death sentence in certain cases.

Zimbabwe is meant to write a new constitution this year to pave the way for new elections, after disputed polls in 2008 that led to the creation of the unity government between rivals Mugabe and Tsvangirai.

But the constitution-making process has made little headway since it began last year.
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