‘Zimbabwe MP detained for calling Mugabe gay’

Last Updated: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 23:59

Harare: A Zimbabwean parliamentarian was
held in custody for seven days after saying President Robert
Mugabe had gay sex with another politician, state media
reported on Thursday.

The state charged Lynette Karenyi, of the Movement for
Democratic Change, with saying "Robert Mugabe, president of
Zanu-PF, had homosexual relations" with another politician,
according to The Herald newspaper.

"Karenyi is alleged to have insulted President Mugabe,
while addressing an MDC rally held on December 9 at Nhedziwa
football grounds in Chimanimani," the paper reported.

Mugabe who is known for saying that gays and lesbians are
"worse than pigs and dogs" last month labelled British Prime
Minister David Cameron "satanic" for saying that countries
that want aid from London must accept gays’ rights.

Both Karenyi and her party declined to comment on the
matter but the newspaper said she was "denying the
allegations being levelled against her."

The politician was released today after paying USD 200
bail.

The MDC and Mugabe`s Zanu-PF are in an uneasy government
of national unity following disputed polls in 2008.

The MDC has accused the police of arresting their
officials and supporters on trumped up charges to settle
political scores.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 23:59

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