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No gay voice in new Zimbabwe constitution: Mugabe

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Robert Gabriel Mugabe KCB (born on February 21, 1924) is the President of Zimbabwe.[1] He has been the head of government in Zimbabwe since 1980, first as Prime Minister[2]
 said the country will not listen to those who want gay rights to be mentioned in a draft of the new constitution, state media reported on Sunday.

"We say no to gay rights, We will not listen to those advocating for their rights in the new constitution," said Mugabe while addressing an Apostolic Church the Christian church; - so called on account of its apostolic foundation, doctrine, and order. The churches of Rome, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem were called apostolic churches.
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 gathering in the country's eastern Marange district.

Zimbabwe is drafting a new constitution to pave the way for new elections, following disputed 2008 polls that led to the creation of a unity government between rivals Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai.

Homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe and the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ GALZ Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe ) association suffers police harassment.

Two GALZ employees are currently facing charges of breaching censorship laws after a pornographic video disc and booklets were allegedly found in their offices during a police raid in May.

Neighbouring South Africa is the only nation in southern Africa that gives equal rights to gays.

In Malawi, a couple was jailed in December after holding the country's first same-sex wedding and they were later pardoned by President Bingu Wa Mutarika following global condemnation.
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