Firebrand Norton Constituency legislator, Temba Mliswa has suggested that Zimbabwe should honor the late President of Zimbabwe (Canaan Banana) whom he alleged was ‘inclined that way’ by legalizing homosexuality.
Mliswa made the remarks while addressing a press conference in Harare on Tuesday saying Zimbabwe should not pretend as if homosexuality is not happening in the country.
“We had a President who was that way inclined, so what’s new to Zimbabwe if there is anything, through that President, in respect of him we should now open it up, he served the country well as the President, in honor of him, let it be, let people be allowed to do what they want to do, why should we worry about that,” said Mliswa.
He added that there are people in top offices including army generals who were into homosexuality saying it was their right to freedom of association that no-one should interfere with.
“We have got top people in offices who are that way inclined, as long as it has nothing to do with me, it is freedom of association, let’s not be democratic and chose when to exercise democracy,
“If I was homosexual I will be the first person to say I am because I have a right to that, I don’t fight them, I have an issue with those who are not open, I have got my daughter whose friends are that way inclined, I cannot say you can’t bring them to our house, those are her friends,” said Mliswa.
Mliswa who is a former Zanu PF member and legislator for Hurungwe West said Zimbabwe must be open to allow homosexuality adding that if he was the President, he would make sure people are free to associate with whoever they want.
“If I was President of this country, I would actually make sure people are free to associate with whoever they want, there is no point hiding it when it is happening, in this country there are so many young kids who are into it but because we are not open, they are doing it clandestinely which is more dangerous,” he said.
Mliswa believes the world has changed and people should be open about their sexuality.
“We are in a modern world where these things are happening but we want to hide them, we want to pretend as if they are not happening,” said Mliswa.
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