Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has condemned British Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to tie some UK aid to gay rights, calling it “stupid,” state-run daily The Herald reported.

Cameron's initiative would cut aid to nations that persecute gay men and lesbians. A majority of the 54-member Commonwealth instituted gay sex bans while part of the British Empire.

Mugabe, 87, insisted that homosexuality was inconsistent with African and Christian values and vowed to “severely” punish gay people.

“It becomes worse and Satanic when you get a prime minister like Cameron saying countries that want British aid should accept homosexuality,” Mugabe said during a community event. “To come with that diabolical suggestion to our people is a stupid offer.”

“Do not get tempted into that [homosexuality]. You are young people. We will punish you severely,” he said.

“It is condemned by nature. It is condemned by insects and that is why I have said they are worse than pigs and dogs,” he added.

The British government clarified on Wednesday that aid money to non-compliant countries would not be cut but instead diverted to charities.