President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said that he will obey the Constitution with regards to gay rights and same-sex marriage. According to Section 78(3) of the Constitution “Persons of the same sex are prohibited from marrying each other.” Mnangagwa declared that he will uphold the constitution and said that he was not going to campaign for same-sex rights. However, the president said that those who support such rights should lobby for them instead.
In an interview with CNN’s Richard Quest at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday, Mnangagwa said:
Those people who want it are the people who should canvass for it, but it’s not my duty to campaign for this.
In our constitution it is banned — and it is my duty to obey my constitution.
This news is likely to be welcomed by Zimbabweans. The country is still very conservative when it comes to sexuality. Former president Robert Mugabe was rabidly opposed to gay rights and is on record for saying that homosexuals are worse than dogs and pigs.