At a lavish birthday party to celebrate
his 92nd birthday on Saturday, Zimbabwe President Robert
Mugabe reiterated his opposition gay rights.
According to Reuters,
Mugabe, whose nation is facing a severe drought, said that Zimbabwe
would reject aid from Western nations if it was tied to gay rights.
The former British colony has asked for $1.6 billion in aid.
“If aid, as I understand, is to be
given on the basis that we accept the principle of gay marriages,
then let that aid stay where it is,” Mugabe said.
“It is rotten aid, filthy aid, and we
won't have anything to do with it,” he said.
sources quoted Mugabe as saying that “the so-called gays –
no, they have no place in our society.”
Mugabe's supporters spent nearly $1
million to celebrate his birthday, money, critics argue, that could
have been used to help feed Zimbabweans hardest hit by the drought.