Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF is the only political party to embrace homosexuals – Galz

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ZANU PF is the only political party that has successfully addressed concerns raised by the Zimbabwe Gay and Lesbian Association (GALZ) in 2018.

Ahead of the 2018 election, GALZ approached 16 contending political parties in that year’s plebiscite to seek clarification on whether their grievances had been included in the electoral manifestos of the contending parties.

However, according to the minority rights group, only Zanu PF responded to this request.

Sylvester Nyamatendza, a senior GALZ official, told NewZimbabwe.com that Zanu PF, ahead of the 2018 elections, gave the association the opportunity to share their concerns and demands on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI).

“Before the 2018 elections, the LGBTI community member of GALZ asked us to ask political parties their interpretation of good governance and the service delivery system, if their manifestos had anything to do with LGBTI issues and what their plans as a party if they win the LGBTI-related elections, ”Nyamatendza said.

He added, “We wrote to 16 political parties and only received a response from the ruling party, Zanu PF, who asked us for a meeting. We have been successful in submitting our needs, concerns and demands as an LGBTI community.

Zanu PF and President Emmerson Mnangagwa won this election.

Nyamatendza refused to name other political parties they approached but ignored GALZ’s demands.

Zanu PF’s new stance on GALZ is now far removed from that of former Zimbabwe party leader and president Robert Mugabe, who once called gays “worse than pigs”.

Zimbabwe’s constitution criminalizes same-sex marriages, while section 74 of the Penal Codification and Reform Act has been used for years against members of the LGBTI community.

“Any man who, with the consent of another man, knowingly performs anal sex with that other person, or any act involving physical contact other than anal sex which would be considered by a reasonable person to be indecent. , must be guilty of sodomy and liable to a fine of up to level fourteen or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both, ”the law reads.

Meanwhile, Nyamatendza said GALZ members will meet soon and decide if they will engage political parties ahead of the 2023 elections.

“We understand that issues of sexuality are highly politicized. Now that we have 2023 ahead, only time will tell if that has changed.”


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