2 October 2015
Over in Zimbabwe, the homophobic country's ruling Zanu-PF party has reportedly hailed President Robert Mugabe's anti-gay speech at the United Nations General Assembly this week, saying it was "timely and eloquent".
Mugabe made headlines in New York after he told the UN that his country will not accept homosexuality. Mugabe openly said: "We are not gays".
Zimbabwean state-owned Herald newspaper quoted Zanu-PF’s spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo, as saying Mugabe’s speech was a "masterpiece", adding that it showed his "bravery".
Addressing what he called the "new" human rights agenda being pushed by the West and referring specifically to the issue of homosexuality, Mugabe, who is also the current African Union (AU) chair, said: "We reject attempts to prescribe new rights that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions and beliefs. We are not gays".
Mugabe also told the summit that the upholding of human rights was an obligation of all states, but castigated the West for giving themselves more power over other countries.
"... We reject the politicisation of this important issue and the application of double standards to victimise those who dare think and act independently of the self-appointed prefects of our time," Mugabe said.
Khaya Moyo said Mugabe’s speech was "factual in all dimensions".
"As usual, the president was fearless precise, focused and factual in all dimensions. He did not only speak for Zimbabwe but uplifted the spirit of Africa in his eloquent and free lecture particularly to the West.
"Clearly the bullies of this world must have trembled to hear the president speak in their faces about the meaning of humanity."
Homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe and Mugabe has in previous years made headlines after he told gay people to go to "hell". He also stated that those of homosexual orientation were lower than "pigs, goats and birds".
Last year, Mugabe made headlines after he said gay rights were not human rights, adding Zimbabwe would never let children grow up thinking that there was an alternative to the God-prescribed marriage system.